- Order : Perciformes
- Family: Cichlidae
- Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.
- It is known from shallow forest streams and savannah wetlands with muddy substrates.
Max. Standard Length:
- 70 – 80 mm.
- A tank with base dimensions of 80 cm x 30 cm is adequate for a small group.
- The aquarium should contain flat rocks to act as spawning surfaces and plenty of hiding places. Clay pot caves, roots and pieces of driftwood can all be used. Plants aren’t essential but the fish will appreciate the additional cover.
- Temperature: 23 – 27 °C | pH: 5.5 – 7.5 | Hardness: 18 – 268 ppm
- Flake, micropellets and frozen foods
- It must be sheltered with other non-aggressive species since it is peaceful and undemanding, but territorial when spawning. This species is best maintained in a small group.
- Easy to breed
- Considered as substrate spawners.
- It will breed in both slightly soft and acidic water condition
- The best way to obtain a compatible pair is to buy a group of juvenile fish and allow them to be together and naturally pair.
- Up to 500 eggs may be laid, and these will hatch within 48-72 hours.