Buccochromis rhoadesii from Lake Malawi

Buccochromis rhoadesii

Buccochromis rhoadesii. Photo by Ad Konings

Buccochromis rhoadesii is another large piscivore from Lake Malawi. Mature males can reach almost 14 inches in length while females are a little smaller. Found mostly in sheltered bays over muddy bottoms, B. rhoadesii is widely distributed in the lake. Like other predators, this species is usually solitary but has been observed in loose groups.

In the aquarium Buccochromis rhoadesii is peaceful. Males can at times be aggressive toward their own species, but usually nothing more than some chasing. Because of its size and its cruising nature, a large tank is required. Although rarely imported, this species is generally available in the hobby. Often going by the name Yellow Lepturus. If keeping a male and several females, a 6 foot tank should be a minimum length. Food high in protein is recommended. Smaller fish that will fit in B. rhoadesii‘s mouth should be avoided. To discuss this species visit the Lake Malawi Species forum.


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