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Ptyochromis sp. "salmon"
by Greg Steeves

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Once spent of her eggs, the female retreats to a quiet area to begin the brooding process. The male will generally not bother with the female once the act of spawning has ceased. Instead, he will immediately refocus his efforts into trying to attract another ripe female to his spawning site. Oral gestation is 18 days at which time the female will begin to release her fry. At the first sign of danger she will scoop the young back into her buccal cavity. This maternal care can last as long as three weeks at which time the young are left to fend for themselves.

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Feeding Ptyochromis sp. "salmon" is not a challenge in the least. It will readily accept all fares from flake to live food and do quite well on all. Keeping in mind its natural feeding niche, some protein should be incorporated into their diet. This could come in the form of daphnia, brine shrimp mosquito larvae or anything else of common aquarium use. Young grow quickly when fed baby brine shrimp and crushed quality flake.

Many of the molluscivores have not fared well in Lake Victoria since the Nile perch (Lates niloticus) upsurge. This is most likely due to the habitat which these fish live and feed. Often sandy stretches are exposed open areas. This makes an easy target for the voracious Nile perch. Other mollusk eating cichlids as Platytaeniodus degeni are believed extinct. Recent surveys of the Hippo Point area and the fate of Ptyochromis sp. "salmon" are unknown but based on the fate of similar cichlids, it stands to reason that this fantastic and interesting furu must be guarded.
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Originally published in AfricanCichlids.Net
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