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Scientific Name: Protomelas sp. "hertae"
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Pronunciation: pr
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Habitat: Sediment-Rich Rocky Habitat
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Diet: Carnivore
Gender Differences: Dimorphic
Breeding: Maternal Mouthbrooder
Temperament: Aggressive
Conspecific Temperament: Aggressive
Maximum Size: 7""
Temperature: 78 - 82°F
pH: 7.8 - 8.6
Water Hardness: Hard
Difficulty: 2


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Male at Thumbi West
Photo Credit: Ad Konings


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Ad Konings beleives that this fish is an older species, which once had a wider distribution than it does now. It hunts for invertebrates, insect larvae and nymphs in the substrate, that it sucks out of holes, using its enlargened lips to both block the holes and absorb the shock of impacting the substrate. Males defend their territories against all comers, and will build conical pits inside caves for spawning.
 
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