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Otopharynx sp."silver torpedo" Mdoka

Otopharynx sp."silver torpedo" is a cichlid which can be found all around the lake. They are mainly living in shuttered bays, in shallow water above the sandy, muddy bottoms where are living - mainly in very shallow places - a huge mass of young cichlids which were released by there sand-dwelling parents. These examples are found near Mdoka, in the northwestern part of the lake.

In the lake the males of these species can grow to 23 cm, in the aquarium however they can grow a little taller because of a good feeding. The males can then grow to about 25 cm, females grow to about 19 cm.

Otopharynx sp."silver torpedo" is in common a real peaceful cichlid. You can keep this species best with other peaceful species and multiple females in a tank with some places to hide.

In the lake they are feeding themselves with invertebrates which they find on and in the sandbottom and probably also with young cichlids. 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.