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Otopharynx cf.brooksi "Lupingu"

Otopharynx brooksi is living in open water in the neighbourhood of the intermediate zones from rocks to sand. They can be found in the southeastern part of Lake Malawi, mainly near Makokola Reef and Boadzulu Island. The examples shown here however were found in the neighbourhood of Lupingu in the northern part of the lake and are bearing resemblance with Otopharynx brooksi from the southern part of the lake.

In the lake the males of these species can grow to 18 cm, in the aquarium however they can grow a little taller because of a good feeding. The males can then grow to about 20 cm, females grow to about 16 cm.

Otopharynx cf.brooksi "Lupingu" is a species which you can best keep with multiple females in a large tank with some hiding places. These are inhabitants you can also keep together with all kinds of species, also mbuna, however they will eat a lot of young fish.

In the lake they are mainly feeding themselves with young fish. In the aquarium they are comfortable with any food. They take everything they get offered, like spirulina pellets, mysis, artemia, cyclops and shrimp-peas mix.