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Astatotilapia calliptera

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Species: Astatotilapia calliptera
Common Name: Eastern happy
Size: Up to 6" (15cm )
Habitat: AFRICA: Lakes Malawi, Chiuta and Chilwa; Lower Zambezi, Buzi, Pungwe and Save River systems.
Min Tank Size: 40 gallon or larger.
Diet: Omnivorous, flake, frozen and live. Needs algae to supplement.
Behavior: Aggressive to own species one male to three females.
Water: 76 - 82°F (24-28 C); pH range: 7.4 8.4; dH range: 7 - 30
Care: Best in African only tanks with fish of similar sizes and temperament, or species only.
Communities: Territorial keep with other aggressive Africans.
Suitability: Some experience with more aggressive cichlids.

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