Simochromis diagramma from Lake Tanganyika

Simochromis diagramma

Simochromis diagramma. Photo by Ad Konings

The largest in the Simochromis group, Simochromis diagramma inhabit shallow, rocky waters. This species prefers coves and is rarely seen in waters deeper than 15 feet. S. diagramma is a herbivore that feeds on algae and plant matter found in the shallows. Although territorial, this species can sometimes be found in groups. Males can reach up to 8 inches in length.

In the aquarium Simochromis diagramma can be a challenge. Their large size and aggressive personality means that tanks need to be large. Tankmates can also be a challenge, but Tropheus and Petrochromis are usually a good match in temperament and dietary requirements. Tank should have plenty of rocks and the diet should be high in plant matter. Aquarium plants may not do well in a S. diagramma aquarium. Availability of this species is limited, but not impossible to find. To discuss S. diagramma visit the Lake Tanganyika Species forum.


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