Pundamilia sp. "red flank" is an undescribed species found only at Nansio Bay. It lives from 1.5 m to at least 5 meters deep in medium size rocks at moderately steep sloping shore. It consumes insects and insect larvae as well as some algae. This fish lives sympatrically with Pundamilia pundamilia and Pundamilia sp. "Ukerewe". It is very similar in morphology to Pundamilia sp. "all red" but differs by its nuptial male pattern. It grows to 12 cm (5 inches) long. It can be quite aggressive but the degree of aggressiveness is less pronounced than in P. pundamilia or P. nyererei. A 55 g tank is recommended to keep this beautiful species. Mixing this fish with Pundamilia nyererei is not recommended as they both exhibit a red nuptial color.
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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.
This measure is a relative value, comparing a single species against all
This only accounts for maintanence in the aquarium and not breeding
1 = easy and forgiving, 5 = extremely challenging.