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 Profiles Malawi Haplochromines Caprichromis liemi
Caprichromis liemi
     
Scientific Name: Caprichromis liemi
Pronunciation: kp-r-kr-ms l--m
Geo. Origin: Lake-wide distribution
Habitat: Rocks
Diet: Carnivore
Gender Differences: Dimorphic
Breeding: Maternal Mouthbrooder
Temperament: Aggressive
Conspecific Temperament: Aggressive
Maximum Size: 9"
Temperature: 78 - 82°F
pH: 7.8 - 8.6
Water Hardness: Hard
Difficulty: 4
Photo Credit: Ad Konings
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C. liemi has a unique mouth that is strongly inclined with a broad lower jaw. This mouth comes in handy for stealing eggs and larvae from mouthbrooding females! It also picks Argulus parasites from the throat region of other cichlids. It is hypothesized that its diet primarily consists of these parasites since they are extensively abundant but this remains unclear. Breeding males congregate in colonies to form a lek, where they built spawning pits against rocks. These pits can measure greater than 3 feet across. Females are then courted en masse. Mouthbrooding females group in large schools and release their fry in the rocky habitat where they can take cover.
 Profiles Malawi Haplochromines Caprichromis liemi
 Key To Species Profile Terms
 Pronunciation: Refer to our Pronunciation Key for an explanation of the phonetic symbols.
 Habitat: This is the primary location where the cichlid is found and is a generalization. This does not
  mean a fish cannot be found in other habitats.
 Diet: Many cichlids specialize in eating one type of food; notwithstanding, some of these specialized
  feeders are flexible and can be opportunistic feeders.
 Temperament: This describes the overall demeanor of a cichlid toward other tankmates that
  are of a different species. Consider that there is variability in temperament due to various factors,
  including aquarium size, tankmates of similar appearance, stocking levels, and order of introduction.
  There may even be some variability among individual specimens.
 Conspecific Temperament: This describes the overall demeanor of a cichlid toward other tank-
  mates of the same species. Consider that there is variability in temperament due to such factors as
  aquarium size, stocking levels and order of introduction. There may even be some variability among
  individual specimens.
 Maximum Size: This is in regards to total length (including the tail) of typical aquarium specimens.
  Wild specimens may not attain this size, or may in fact grow larger than aquarium raised individuals
  due to various factors. Also consider that this is the typical maximum size and there are exceptional
  individuals that will exceed it.
 Difficulty: This measure is a relative value, comparing a single species against all other cichlids.
  This only accounts for maintanence in the aquarium and not breeding considerations.
  1 = easy and forgiving, 5 = extremely challenging.
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