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 Profiles Miscellaneous African Cichlids Hemichromis sp. "Moanda" / "Muanda"
Hemichromis sp. "Moanda" / "Muanda"
Scientific Name: Hemichromis sp. "Moanda" / "Muanda"
Pronunciation: hm--kr-ms
Geo. Origin: Lower Congo Drainage, Dem. Rep. of the Congo
Habitat: Unknown
Diet: Omnivore
Gender Differences: Monomorphic
Breeding: Substrate Spawner
Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
Conspecific Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
Maximum Size: 4.0"
Temperature: 75.0-80.0°F
pH: 6.5-7.5
Water Hardness: Soft
Difficulty: 2
Photo Credit: Uwe Werner
Hemichromis sp. "Moanda" (a.k.a. H. sp. "Muanda") is yet another magnificently-colored jewelfish to become available in the hobby in recent years about which little is known. If the place-name designation is correct, however, this form is found in the lower Congo River drainage in or around Muanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and is sympatric with H. stellifer, a species with which a similar color pattern is shared. While H. stellifer exhibits an orangish-beige coloration dorsally and rosey-red coloration ventrally, H. sp. "Monanda/Muanda" exhibits the same color pattern in reverse. Both forms exhibit an iridescent turquoise edge or dot on the body scales. In aquaria H. sp. "Moanda/Muanda" is not nearly as aggressive as congeners, and it is not known whether this exciting new form is a new species or if it corresponds to an existing one. –Randall Kohn
 Profiles Miscellaneous African Cichlids Hemichromis sp. "Moanda" / "Muanda"
 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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