Tropheus Maswa duboisi -1.25-2.25 inch

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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).  

TANGANYIKA CICHLIDS SOLD ON THIS SITE ARE GENERALLY 1 TO 2 INCHES.  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.

If you are stocking a new tank or a tank with Tanganyika cichlids under 2.5 inches, you should 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. 

We will send the largest fish we have in the size category your purchased. No credits or refunds on undersized fish

This popular tropheus has always been a favorite among hobbyist because of the cute spots seen on the juveniles

The Tropheus duboisi is a moderately deep bodied fish that seems to have a larger head in proportion to their body, a down turned mouth, and the body narrows as it forms the tail. The caudal fin is fan shaped. There are a number of geographic variations of the Tropheus duboisi, each with a different color patterning depending on the locale from which they originate. Color morphs include fish with yellow stomachs, striped tails, rainbow markings, and cross-stripes along with bright yellows, reds, and blacks.

The most important aspect of Tropheus care is feeding. In Lake Tanganyika, T. duboisi feeds on algae, containing crustaceans and aquatic insects, much like mbunas of Lake Malawi. In captivity, it may graze on algae and should be fed a high-fiber diet. T. duboisi can be fed on such live foods as Brine Shrimp, Mysis, other crustaceans, aquatic insects, and black mosquito larvae. Its diet must include "green foods," including spirulina foods, flakes, lettuce, spinach, tablets, and even oatmeal. Avoid beef heart, Tubifex worms, and red mosquito larvae as these foods will quickly result in intestinal disorders.

Coaxing males into spawning in captivity is certainly not difficult and if provided with a large enough harem, the males can fertilize eggs every third day. When they want to spawn, they will act even more aggressive than normally. Courtship consists of the male diving in front of the female, shakings his body and shimmying until she decides that she wants to breed with him. He will then lead her to his claimed territory where the two fishes will assume the well-known T-position. After some circling and nudging, the female will release her eggs. Tropheus duboisi is a maternal mouth-brooder and the female will pick up the eggs as soon as they have been released. She will then prod the male went with her mouth until he fertilizes the eggs inside her mouth.

Compatible with Julidochromis, Neolamprologus, Eretmodus, Synodontis, Lamprologus, Altolamprologus, Pseudotropheus . Note Tropheus duboisi is an aggressive fish that is sensitive to life in captivity. The diet, water chemistry, tank set-up, and behavior all play important roles in keeping Tropheus. Perhaps the most difficult in the care of Tropheus is feeding the proper diet. Once this obstacle, and initial acclimation is overcome, Tropheus are tough fish.

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TANGANYIKA CICHLIDS SOLD ON THIS SITE ARE GENERALLY 1 TO 2 INCHES.  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 fry (should be kept in a separate tank to grow) some shellies mayl be less than an inch

Regular: 1.00 -1.75 inches

Medium: 2.00 - 2.5 inches

Large:    3-4 inches

If you are stocking a new tank or a tank with cichlids under 2.5 inches you should 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.

It is important to understand that we sell high quality Tanganyika cichlids mostly from Wild collected breeding stock.  These fish are often small because of the high demand for their species.  Please remember small fish will grow fast but fish of line bred or hybrids will never be great fish no matter how much the grow.  We sell genetics over size here a Bluegrass Aquatics but do promise to send you the largest fish available for the size category you ordered.