Iodotropheus Sprengerae (Rusty) - 1.25 -2.25 inches

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Tank raised by Florida fish farmer or hobbyist MALAWI CICHLIDS SOLD ON THIS SITE ARE GENERALLY 1.25 INCHES TO 2.25 INCHES IN LENGTH AND ARE SOLD AS UNSEXED JUVENILES. DIFFERENT SIZES WILL BE DESIGNATED IN THE SIZE CHART BELOW. Small: 1 inch Regular: 1.25 -2.25 inches Medium: 2.5- 3 inches Large: 4-6 inches If you are stocking a new tank or a tank with cichlids under 3 inches you will be safe with small , and regular sizes. If you are stocking a tank that has existing cichlids that are over 3 inches you should only choose regular, or medium sizes. Most cichlids sold in pet stores are 2 -2.5 inches in size. Our fish are sold smaller because of the demand for these fish and because they ship better at smaller sizes. Our customers have accepted this due to the rarity of the fish offered on our website compared to many of the retail stores. These fish grow so fast, the initial size is less relevant to the quality of genetics and rarity of species. Our regular sized fish will measure between the width of a quarter and the width of a $.50 cent piece. The dynamics of the size is manifested when you know that a 2 inch fish will appear to be 3-4 times the mass of a 1.25 inch fish, since it is not just longer but deeper and thicker and the color is often more robust.

Scientific Name: Iodotropheus sprengerae is known as Rusty, no doubt because of its beautiful rusty reddish brown coloration. A relatively peaceful cichlid by mbuna standards that has been in the hobby for some time. It hails from the rocky shores of Boadzulu and Chinyankwazi Islands of Lake Malawi, and was among the first cichlids exported for the industry. This is a great fish for a beginner and is found in the Prestige mix featured on the specials section of this web site. It is advised to have plenty of rock and or cover in its tank because it can be harassed by more aggressive tank mates. This herbivore does well with feeding the Red Zebra Stampede or Ultracolor Fish Food augmented with Hippocampus Green to provide the spriulina and plant material so vital for mbuna health. They appreciate the addition of a quality aquarium or Cichlid Salt at the rate of 1 teaspoon per gallon of water. Although not entirely a peaceful fish, the rusty cichlid is considered one of the least aggressive among the mubna cichlids . This quality makes rusty cichlids an ideal starter fish for aquarists with less experience keeping the mbuna. Hiding places and space should be provided or this fish will be bullied by their more aggressive tank mates. Rusty cichlids are omnivorous and will eat various kinds of food, but meaty food can often cause them serious digestive problems.

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These cichlids are tank raised indoors by a proffessional breeder.  Most of the fish are first generation from wild collected parents (f1)

ALL OF THESE FISH ARE SOLD AS UNSEXED JUVENILES. DIFFERENT SIZES WILL BE DESIGNATED IN THE SIZE CHART BELOW.  GENDER CHOICE WILL BE AVAILABLE ON SELECTED MEDIUM AND LARGE FISH ONLY.

Small: 1 inch (some shell dwellers maybe less than one inch)

Regular: 1.25 -2.25 inches

Medium: 2.5 - 3 inches

Large: 4-6 inches

If you are stocking a new tank or a tank with cichlids under 3 inches you will be safe with small , and regular sizes.  If you are stocking a tank that has existing cichlids that are over 3 inches you should only choose regular, or medium sizes.