Nasuta Kipili Gold Feather Fin
A relatively boisterous species that requires a lot of space for its size. However, it should be the dominant species in the tank or it will become withdrawn and male fish will lose colour and should therefore be housed only with peaceful species. Do not keep it with mbuna or the like. Cyprichromis sp. and rockdwellers such as Altolamprologus and Julidochromis make good tankmates. Male fish are aggressive towards other males and unless the tank is very large only a single male should be kept. The males should always be provided with a harem of several females.
Omnivorous, but avoid feeding too many foods that are rich in protein. A good quality Spirulina-based green flake should be mixed with a standard quality flake food, and offered along with appropriately sized granular foods that have a green component. An occasional treat of Mysis shrimp, vitamin-enriched brineshrimp, and cyclops can be given, but this should only be offered occasionally. Vegetable matter such as Nori, blanched spinach, and romaine lettuce can be fed on a regular basis.
Male fish are larger and more colourful, with longer fins than females, particularly the ventral fins. The extended ‘nose’ is also more prominent in males.
- Species – Ophthalmotilapia Nasuta
- Common Name – Nausuta Kipili Gold Feather Fin
- Origin – Lake Tanganyika in Africa
- Diet – Carnivore
- PH Range – 7.8 – 9
- Temperature – Tropical 26°c – 27°c
- Breed Type – Egg Layer
- Maximum Size – approximately 15cm
- Sex – Un-sexed