Pelvicachromis signatus

9. January 2012

We recently received this beautiful dwarf cichlid from Guinea. The species is a close relative of P. humilis and was known in the hobby as P. sp. “Bandi 1” before its scientific description.

Maximum size in males is around 10 cm, females stay always smaller. As in almost all Pelvicachromis there is an extreme sexual dichromatism. Persons that are not educated in the hobby can easily think that males and females belong to different species. The spot on the belly of the females looks incredibly; there is already a saying in our fishhouse that goes like this: “who has put the lamp inside the belly of this fish?”

These fish originate from forest creeks and should be kept at comparatively low temperatures, around 22 to 24°C, and soft and slightly (!) acidic water. It is important to offer the fish sand as gravel, for they love to dig.

For our customers: the fish have code 560454 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Lexicon: Pelvicachromis: the Latin word pelvis means “pelvis”; chromis is another genus of perch; the generic name refers to the coloration of the belly. signatus: Latin, means “signed”. humilis: Latin, means “depressed”.

Suggestion of a common name: Bandi dwarf cichlid

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft Guinea
Verfügbare Größe in cm 8 -10