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Pseudotropheus daktari

Picture of Pseudotropheus daktari Picture of Pseudotropheus daktari

Photos taken at Wharf Aquatics
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Common name:Doctor's cichlid
Scientific name:Pseudotropheus daktari
Size:4" (10cm)
Origin:Lake Malawi, East Africa
Tank setup:A large tank (suggest 4ft/122cm plus) with many rock caves.
Compatibility:A moderately aggressive species, combine with similar mbuna.
Temperature:23-28oC (73-82oF)
Water chemistry:Hard and alkaline: pH 7.6-8.6 ; GH 7 plus ; KH 10-12 ideally, but at least 5-6.
Feeding:An omnivore which normally feeds on aufwuchs and plankton. Feed a varied diet which includes a vegetable component.
Sexing:Males are bright yellow, females are usually a more drab brownish colour.
Breeding:Mouthbrooder, see general article linked below.
Comments: 'Daktari' is apparently a Swahili word for doctor, hence the common name.

See also the Malawi mbuna section for more detailed info on keeping and breeding the Malawi mbuna cichlids.


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