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 Profiles Victoria Basin Cichlids Pundamilia nyererei (Ruti Island)
Pundamilia nyererei (Ruti Island)
Scientific Name: Pundamilia nyererei (Ruti Island)
Pronunciation: pn-d-m-l- n-r-r-
Geo. Origin: Ruti Island, Tanzania
Habitat: Shallow rocky areas
Diet: Omnivore
Gender Differences: Dimorphic
Breeding: Maternal Mouthbrooder
Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
Conspecific Temperament: Aggressive
Maximum Size: 4"
Temperature: 74-78°F
pH: 7.2-8.6
Water Hardness: Hard
Difficulty: 2
Photo Credit: Christophe de Medeiros
Pundamilia nyererei (Witte-Maas & Witte 1985) is probably the most colorful of all the Victorian cichlids available in the hobby. The dorsal fins can be bright orange or somewhat clear with a bluish tint. The upper half of the body below the dorsal fins is either red or orange. The lower half of the body has 5 to 8 black vertical bars with yellow or greenish-yellow between the stripes. The area around the mouth might be blue or blue-grey. P. nyererei males grow to only around 4 inches (9 cm) long The females are slightly smaller. The females are a bland colored grey or brownish and might or might not show some similar vertical barring. The male on male con-specific aggression can be quite intense at times. The males of this species seem to want to breed constantly chasing females all over the tank. P. nyererei we have in the hobby come from the Mwanza Gulf and Speke Gulf in the southern portions of Lake Victoria along the Tanzanian coastline. They are generally found in the rocky areas around the various islands in these two gulfs. P. nyererei are insectivores/zooplanktivores. The intensity of the male coloration will vary considerably in the aquarium. The most brilliant colors are seen during breeding or territorial disputes. If there are other more dominant species in the tank, then the colors will be much more muted. One should never mix the various location variants in the same tank for fear of cross-breeding.
 Profiles Victoria Basin Cichlids Pundamilia nyererei (Ruti Island)
 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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