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Protomelas sp. "Spilonotus Tanzania" (Liuli)

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Scientific Name: Protomelas sp. "Spilonotus Tanzania" (Liuli)
Pronunciation: pr
s sp
Common Name(s): Royal
Geo. Origin: Liuli, Tanzania
Habitat: Wave-washed upper habitat at steep rock coasts
Diet: Carnivore
Gender Differences: Dimorphic
Breeding: Maternal Mouthbrooder
Temperament: Peaceful
Conspecific Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
Maximum Size: 12"
Temperature: 78 - 82°F
pH: 7.8 - 8.6
Water Hardness: Hard
Difficulty: 2


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Photo Credit: Marc Elieson


This species forms small feeding schools in mid-water several feet away from large boulders. Males and females feed on plankton (when available) as well as soft-bodied invertebrates that either fall in or are washed into the water. Territories are defended in the open water. Females only grow to 2/3 the total length of males. Adult male specimens from Liulu are noted for their long ventral fins.
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