Platytaeniodus is a monotypic genus which means that it has only one described species. The genus Platytaeniodus is characterized by an unique jaw structure and dental forms (pyriform teeth and horse shoe shaped jaw) that you don't find in any of the others snail eaters. This species lives over muddy bottom in shallow water. It was widely distributed before the Nile perch decimated the population to near extinction in the wild. It is a sky blue colored species with bright red fins in nuptial colors. Due to its very low population density in the lake, one should take care of this fish if we want to see it for a long time in our aquariums. A preservation program needs to be developed to make this fish common in the hobby.
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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.