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 Profiles Miscellaneous African Cichlids Enigmatochromis lucanusi
Enigmatochromis lucanusi
Scientific Name: Enigmatochromis lucanusi
Geo. Origin: Konkoure River System, Guinea
Habitat: Forested Waterways
Diet: Omnivore
Gender Differences: Dimorphic
Breeding: Cave Spawner
Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
Conspecific Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
Maximum Size: 4.0"
Temperature: 75-78°F
pH: 6-7
Water Hardness: Soft
Difficulty: 3
Photo Credit: Ariel Bornstein
This attractive taxon made its way into the U.S. for the first time via Oliver Lucanus in 2004 and, subsequently, was first bred by American hobbyist David Midvidy who observed that, like other Pelvicachromis species, it is a pair-bonding, biparental cave-spawner. Although it bears a superficial resemblance to Pelvicachromis roloffi, female P. sp. "Blue Fin" exhibit a highly distinctive iridescent turquoise bar on the dorsal fin and do not possess rounded pelvic fins to the extent of females of the other Pelvicachromis species. For this reason, we refer to this exciting new form from the northern most geographical extreme of the chromidotilapiine lineage as 'Pelvicachromis' sp. "Blue Fin" until more information is known. Addendum: 'Pelvicachromis' sp. "Blue Fin" was described as Enigmatochromis lucanusi Lamboj, 2009. –Randall Kohn
 Profiles Miscellaneous African Cichlids Enigmatochromis lucanusi
 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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