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 Profiles Malawi Haplochromines Copadichromis sp. "Virginalis Gold"
Copadichromis sp. "Virginalis Gold"
     
Scientific Name: Copadichromis sp. "Virginalis Gold"
Pronunciation: k-p-d-kr-ms
Geo. Origin: Nkanda, Tanzania
Habitat: Gently sloping sandy habitat along the rocky coast
Diet: Carnivore
Gender Differences: Dimorphic
Breeding: Maternal Mouthbrooder
Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
Conspecific Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
Maximum Size: 5"
Temperature: 78 - 82°F
pH: 7.8 - 8.6
Water Hardness: Hard
Difficulty: 2
Photo Credit: Esben Sebastian Karlsson
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This species appears to be very closely related to C. ilesi, both of which can be found at Nkanda, Tanzania. C. virginalis is a smaller species with larger eyes and a deeper body and caudal peduncle. "Virginalis Gold" males have a broad blaze of gold on the head and the dorsal fin and yellow tail. Females are silver with a faint golden sheen to their dorsal fin. Breeding males build cave craters, using a large, overhanging rock. This rock thus forms a protective wall on one side and a ceiling over the nest. These nests are separated from one another sometimes by as little as a meter.
 Profiles Malawi Haplochromines Copadichromis sp. "Virginalis Gold"
 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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