Limnotilapia dardennii from Lake Tanganyika

Limnotilapia dardennii

Limnotilapia dardennii. Photo by Ad Konings

Found in the shallow waters of Lake Tanganyika, Limnotilapia dardennii feeds mostly on plants and algae although small invertebrates are also on the menu. Females and juveniles are mostly silver with black bars, however dominant males develop a striking orange and yellow on their bellies. Adult males can reach 10″ in length while females are a couple inches shorter. When spawning, males will construct large craters in order to attract females. L. dardennii is the only member of the genus.

In the aquarium Limnotilapia dardennii needs a diet high in vegetable content and preferably a soft, sandy substrate. This species can be territorial and aggressive toward their own species, so it is best to keep one male to multiple females. Reaching 10 inches in length means tanks need to be a good size. Because of their temperament and dietary requirements, L. dardennii does well with Tropheus and Petrochromis. Although L. dardennii is more popular in Europe, it can still be found in the U.S. for those willing and able to keep this species. For discussion visit the Lake Tanganyika Species forum.


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