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Scientific Name: Copadichromis ilesi (Kirondo)
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Geo. Origin: Lake-wide distribution
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Habitat: Gently sloping sandy habitats along rocky coasts
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Diet: Carnivore
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Gender Differences: Dimorphic
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Breeding: Maternal Mouthbrooder
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Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
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Conspecific Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
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Maximum Size: 7"
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Temperature: 78 - 82°F
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pH: 7.8 - 8.6
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Water Hardness: Hard
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Difficulty: 2
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Photo Credit: Ad Konings
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This species appears to be very closely related to C. virginalis, both of which can be found at Gome Rock. C. ilesi is a larger species and males lack the red band in the dorsal fin. Females have a light, yellowish-brown color, whereas C. virginalis females are silver. Breeding males build cave craters, using a large, overhanging rock. This rock thus forms a protective wall on one side and a ceiling over the nest. These nests are separated from one another by a distance of several meters. Breeding occurs from May to December in the wild.
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