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Otopharynx tetraspilus

Otopharynx tetraspilus is a species which mainly can be found in the southern part of the lake and in the Shire river. It`s living there in shallow water between the vegetation.

In the lake the males of these species can grow to 16 cm, the females stay a little smaller. In the aquarium however they could grow a bit taller because of a good feeding.

Otopharynx tetraspilus is in common a real peaceful cichlid. You can keep this species best with other peaceful species and multiple females in a tank with enough places to hide.

In the lake they are feeding themselves with algae, invertebrates and small insects which they find between the vegetation.
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.