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Tropheus sp. Red (Moliro)
Tropheus Moliro Red Cichlid

    Tropheus sp. Red (Moliro), Tropheus Moliro Red Cichlid

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  • Water Temperature:

    77 - 79°F

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  • Min. Tank Size:

    100 Gal

  • Description:

    Native to the shallow, rocky areas of Lake Tanganyikain Africa, the Tropheus moliro red is a very popular species of Tropheus found in the hobby today. Like other species from this group of African cichlids, they can display some of the brightest colors of all the species found in the African rift lakes. This species of Tropheus features a dark red or maroon color on its head, ventricle fins, and tail. The dark read is contrasted by a bright red color on its dorsal fin, anal fin and lower portion of its body.

  • Compatibility:

    Tropheus moliro red, like all Tropheus, are highly aggressive towards conspecifics, which can make difficult to keep them in a home aquarium. To reduce the aggression, they should be kept in large groups of 12 or more and there should be many more females than males. When kept in large groups, they can be kept with other Tropheus like the Tropheus Moorii Ilangi, the Tropheus Bemba Flame, or the Tropheus Cherry Spot.

  • Tank Requirements and Feeding:

    Tropheus should be kept in large groups and therefor require a large and spacious aquarium. A minimum tank size of 100 gal is recommended for the Tropheus moliro red. The water conditions should mimic the hard water of their natural habitat in Lake Tanganyika. Water temperature should be between 77 - 79°F and pH should be between 7.6 - 8.6. Additives like Cichlid Lake Salt and Tanganyika Buffer will condition the aquarium water for these African cichlids.

    Tropheus moliro red, like all Tropheus, are herbivores, and should be fed a diet that mainly consists of vegetable matter. In the wild they feed mostly on algae. In a home aquarium they can be fed algae wafers along with spirulina-based flakes and pellet foods.

  • Breeding:

    Tropheus moliro red are sexually monomorphic, meaning that males and females look virtually identical. However, males may develop their color quicker and display brighter colors than females, because they like to display their colors to attract females when breeding or establish dominance. Males also tend to be slightly larger than females. Even with these small differences, the best way to tell them apart is to vent them.

    Tropheus moliro red are mouthbrooders. After spawning in a chosen area in the tank, the female will pick up and carry the eggs in her mouth to protect them. The female may continue to carry the fry in her mouth after the eggs have hatched in about 30 days.

    Tropheus can be kept together in large groups but there is a high chance of hybridization if two closely related species are kept together.