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Xystichromis phytophagus


Species: Xystichromis phytophagus
Common Name: Christmas Fulu cichlid
Size: Up to 4.5in (11.4cm)
Habitat: AFRICA: Extinct in Lake Victoria. It still thrives in the Yala Swamp and possibly in Lake Kanyaboli
Min Tank Size: 48in. (At least 55 gallons if you are wishing to keep two males due to territorial behavior.)
Diet: Omnivorous: Accepting all types of flake and frozen food. Since they eat decomposing plant material in the wild, an emphasis on plant material such as spirulina is encouraged.
Behavior: Aggressive with other male Christmas Fulu, keep a 1 male to 3 female ratio to alleviate female stress and male aggression.
Water: 72 - 82°F (22-28°C); pH range: 7.5 8.2; dH range: 10.0 - 18.0°GH.
Care: They love to dig, so choose a gravel size appropriate for a small fish. The Christmas Fulu is actually not a very eager plant eater and can therefore be combined with most plant species in that regard, but it is a keen digger and digging can naturally also be a problem for plants.
Communities: Rather territorial and should be kept in a species tank, though remember to keep a 1 male to 3 female ratio, at least, to alleviate female stress and male aggression.
Suitability: Alright for most, including beginners, though some experience may be necessary due to the few particular measures required.

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