Chalinochromis popelini

Chalinochromis popelini. Photo by Dr. David Midgley
(CC BY-SA 2.5)

Found along the rocky shores of southern Lake Tanganyika, Chalinochromis popelini shares some of the traits common to Julidochromis. C. popelini are usually alone or in pairs, feeding on small invertebrates living in the aufwuchs covered rocks. This cave spawner is very protective of its territory and will not allow other C. popelini in their area.

Not as popular as Julidochromis, Chalinochromis popelini has a similar appearance and behavior. They stay close to the rocks for protection and spawning. A pair will lay upwards of 100 eggs inside a cave and both parents will protect their fry through multiple spawns. It is common to see a pair with different size fry in their territory. The best way to obtain a pair of C. popelini is to have them come together naturally. A group of 6 juveniles is recommended. Once a pair forms and separates from the group, it is best to remove the remaining fish. Once the pair starts breeding, it will not tolerate any other C. popelini to remain nearby. To discuss this species visit the Lake Tanganyika Species forum.