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Chilumba Red is a stunning freshwater fish that lives at Lake Malawi, South Africa.  In the wide, This fish inhabits rocky areas with heacy algea growth around. Chilumas are aggressive and territorial towards its own kind. It is better to keep one male with at least 2 females in order to reduce harassment by the male. Buy Live Fish online with Coburg Aquarium in Australia

Features of Chilumba Red:

  • They have downward mouth and enlarged fleshy nose
  • Its body shape and downward facing mouth makes them can scrape algae off the rocks without being bothered by the current
  • This fish is not very nice to their own species, even the females can be very intolerant
  • This fish is a mouth-brooder


Chilumba Red: Care, Diet and Tank Mates

The Best Aquarium Size for Chilumba Red:

Chilumba Red requires a minimum of 160L tank. If you are planning on keeping a grouping of them together, you will need a much larger tank .

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Chilumba Red Tank Mate Compatibility:

They are very territorial towards its own kind, but they tend to leave other species alone. It is better to have 3 – 4 females to every male. Other possible tank mates could be other Mbuna. Avoid keep this fish with peaceful species such as Peacocks or Utaka.

Chilumba Red Food :

Chilumba Reds should a diet with high vegetable. Feed Chilumba Reds with commeical algae wafers, blanched vegatables or spirulina flakes. Occasionally provide them meaty treats as well:

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Chilumba Red Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration

Investing in a high-quality pump can ensure that the water in your take is constantly moving. Powerful filtration systems are a must too. These fish are known to produce a lot of waste. Good brands to take:

Power head Brands:

Aquarium Heater

The aquarium should be heated, depending on your area’s climate. Install an aquarium heater if necessary.

Aquatic Plants

Aquarium plants are a good option to provide them places to hide out and reduce aggression. They aren't prone to digging, so your plants can thrive just fine.  Buy live Aquarium Plants Online Click Here.

Aquarium Decorations

Fill the tank with plenty of caves, rocks, flat stones, wood and hiding spots to make them feel comfort and safe, and offer them potntial spawning sites. Ideal Ornaments for your tank:

Aquarium Substrate

Cover the bottom of the tank with a thick layer of fine sand.

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