Red Empress (Protomelas taeniolatus)

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Male Red Empress

Protomelas taeniolatus

208 Litres (55 US G.)

12.7-15.2cm (5-6 ")




7.5 - 8.5

24 -26 °C (75.2-78.8°F)

6-16 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Other (See article)

5-8 years

Additional names

Spindle Hap, Haplochromis Red Empress

Origin[edit | edit source]

Endemic to Lake Malawi.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

The male has a red body with blue head, the female is grey.

Breeding[edit | edit source]

This fish is a Mouth Brooder. Males can be aggressive during breeding to the point of killing a disinterested female. Males will claim and defend a large territory during this time.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Fairly peaceful for an African Cichlid, should be kept with similar Malawi Cichlids, peaceful Mbuna and Synodontis catfish.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Feed quality flakes and pellets, spirulina and supplement the diet with blanched vegetables.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Provide with hiding places/caves. Prefers a tank with a lot of rockwork.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

Typical African Cichlid when breeding. Enjoys digging in gravel or sand.

Identification[edit | edit source]

An attractive elongate oval fish that is vivid blue around the head with hints of red and green through the body. The dorsal fin is edged in white.

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