Scientific Name: Protomelas sp. "Steveni Taiwan" (Taiwan Reef) this beautiful fish is found in rocky habitats of the Taiwan Reef, of Lake Malawi. This Hapochromis is an herbivore, feeding primarily on algae growing on the rocks. This peaceful Dimorphic Maternal Mouth brooder reaches a maximum size of 6 inches and is a favorite in the Hap and Hap/peacock mixes featured on this site. It performs well on the Red Zebra Stampede and Rainbow Zebra foods though a supplement of Hippocampus Green is recommended and even appreciated by the carnivore Haps and omnivore peacocks that may share the same tank. A tank size of 55 gallon and larger is recommended and temp of 78 to 82 degrees and an aquarium or cichlid salt at the rate of 1 tablespoon per 5 gallons is also helpful.
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.