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Tramitichromis sp. Intermedius
Lethrinops Intermedius Cichlid

    Tramitichromis sp. Intermedius, Lethrinops Intermedius Cichlid

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  • Max Size:

    6.0"

  • Temperament:

    Semi-aggressive

  • Water Temperature:

    78 - 82°F

  • Diet:

    Carnivore

  • Min. Tank Size:

    50 Gal

  • Description:

    The Tramitichromis sp. intermedius or Lethrinops Intermedius cichlid is a species of Haplochromis from Lake Malawi, which is native to the shallow water regions throughout Lake Malawi in Africa. This species is fairly common in the hobby and growing in popularity. Males will develop an iridescent green on the upper part and yellow color on the lower part of their face, and body, which goes down to their tail fins. They also display a pink to red color on their fins. Females remain a dull grey to brown color with three black spots. Males can get to be about 6" in length and females will be slightly smaller.

  • Compatibility:

    Intermedius cichlids are moderately aggressive African cichlids. A dominant male might display increased levels of aggression towards other more passive species. They will also show increased levels of aggression when spawning. Some compatible cichlid species are Peacock cichlids like the Lemon Jake, or other Haps like the Electric Blue Ahli, and the Red Empress cichlid.

  • Tank Requirements and Feeding:

    Lethrinops Intermedius cichlids are native to the hard alkaline waters of Lake Malawi in Africa. Ideal water conditions in a home aquarium should mimic their natural habitat to allow these fish to display their best colors. The water temperature should be between 78 - 82°F with a pH between 7.8 - 8.6. Additives like Cichlid Lake Salt and Malawi/Victoria Buffer will condition the aquarium water for African cichlids. The aquarium substrate should be sand or fine gravel, and plenty of rocks and caves should be provided to allow these fish to claim territories or seek protection.

    Lethrinops Intermedius cichlids are carnivores and should be fed a variety of foods that contain a good amount of protein. Plankton based flakes mixed with commercially prepared cichlid pellets and live (or frozen) brine shrimp or blood worms, are good choices for their diet. Such foods will help bring out the iridescent green and red colors, which are the reason for the rise in popularity of these cichlids.

  • Breeding:

    Intermedius cichlids are sexually dimorphic. Males will display the iridescent green, yellow, and red colors, while females remain a grey to brown color with black spots. Males will also get larger than females.

    Like most Lake Malawi cichlids, the Lethrinops Intermedius is a mouthbrooder. While spawning, a female will pick up and hold the eggs in her mouth to protect them. Females may continue to carry the eggs and fry in their mouth for two weeks or longer. It is a good idea to keep several females with one male when breeding. This will help spread out any aggression displayed by the male.