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Scientific Name: Copadichromis sp. "Virginalis Gold"
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Geo. Origin: Nkanda, Tanzania
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Habitat: Gently sloping sandy habitat along the rocky coast
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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: 5"
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Temperature: 78 - 82°F
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pH: 7.8 - 8.6
Water Hardness: Hard
Difficulty: 2


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Adult male
Photo Credit: Esben Sebastian Karlsson


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This species appears to be very closely related to C. ilesi, both of which can be found at Nkanda, Tanzania. C. virginalis is a smaller species with larger eyes and a deeper body and caudal peduncle. "Virginalis Gold" males have a broad blaze of gold on the head and the dorsal fin and yellow tail. Females are silver with a faint golden sheen to their dorsal fin. 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 sometimes by as little as a meter.
 
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