Pterochromis congicus from the Congo River

Pterochromis congicus

Pterochromis congicus. Photo by Greg Steeves

A very rare Congo River cichlid, Pterochromis congicus has not had much traction in the hobby. This species is widespread throughout the central Congo River and is often a source of food for the locals. There are several references to the species reaching on 6″ in length. There isn’t much information on P. congicus despite being on the cover of Cichlid News magazine 4 years ago. This species is also described as demersal, meaning it spends its time and feed along the bottom.

Hopefully more information will become available about Pterochromis congicus in the near future. If you know anything about them, please share your experiences in the West African species forum.

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