We have received beautiful offspring specimens of this magnificent Nanochromis from the Congo. Since the experts are not yet agreed whether this species is a color variant of Nanochromis teugelsi or a different species, we have chosen the name Nanochromis cf. teugelsi.
The beautiful dwarf cichlids reach a length of about 7 cm in the male sex, females remain smaller. The sexes are easy to distinguish, as you can see on the pictures. Sandy bottom in places, caves and low-germ water are the basic requirements for successful care and breeding of these beautiful fish.
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The Cross river in Western Africa is a legendary river. The course of the river starts in Cameroon, the lower part flows through Nigeria. The river is famous for its high degree of endemic species; „endemic“ means that the species occurs only there and nowhere else. Among the endemic species are for example Tetraodon pustulatus and Ctenopoma nebulosum. Another endemic species is Polypterus teugelsi which has been described scientifically only in 2004. Currently it is very difficult to obtain fish from the Cross river, so the species is extremely rare in the trade and expensive.
Now the breeders in Indonesia have managed to breed Polypterus teugelsi successfully. Thus every enthusiast who is interested is enabled to keep the fish. One should, however, keep in mind that the species attains a length of at least 40 cm. They are not small fish at all, despite how charming the youngsters may look. One very special feature in the young P. teugelsi is the fact that they have their dorsal finlets almost always spread.
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D. teugelsi attains a maximum length of about 5-6 cm and is one of the smallest species of Distichodus at all – and one of the prettiest! A few specimens reached aus from the DR Congo. Here the fish inhabit soft, acidic water in the middle course of the Congo river.
The males stay smaller than the females. The females also have a much bigger belly. Although Distichodus are known to love disputing with conspecifics – D. teugelsi is no exception of that rule – these small quarrels have no serious consequences. All species of Distichodus need plant matter as food, so one must suppose that D. teugelsi also will happily feed the complete underwater garden, if it is offered to the fish by the aquarist.
For our customers: the animals have code 128053 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Available in very small numbers only!
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer