Pseudocrenilabrus multicolor victoriae

Pseudocrenilabrus multicolor victoriae

Pseudocrenilabrus multicolor victoriae. Photo by Greg Steeves

A unique cichlid found in rivers and streams in the Lake Victoria basin and even in the upper Nile River. Pseudocrenilabrus multicolor victoriae is one of two subspecies, the other being Pseudocrenilabrus multicolor multicolor. The two subspecies have different color patterns and are not found together in the wild. P. multicolor victoriae, with its golden body and red fins, is considered the more attractive of the two subspecies.

Pseudocrenilabrus multicolor has been in the hobby for over 100 years and was one of the first species bred in captivity. Other the years it lost its popularity and isn’t seen much anymore. Regardless, due to its hardy nature and attractive coloration it is still considered a great beginner fish. Reaching less then 4 inches in length, P. multicolor adapts well to a variety of water conditions, accepts all types of foods and breeds easily. Males can be aggressive even toward other species so care should be taken when considering tankmates. Due to the likelihood in interbreeding, Pseudocrenilabrus multicolor victoriae and P. multicolor multicolor should never be kept together. To discuss either of the two subspecies visit the Lake Victoria Basin forum.

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