The Buccochromis nototaenia fish, also known as the Bucco Noto or Mbowe, is a medium to large size fish native to the African country of Malawi and the surrounding area. This natural predator fish is a favorite among fish enthusiasts due to its beautiful bright colorizations. This species prefers the sandy regions of lakes to find their primary food source.
Typically, this species ranges in size from five to nine inches in length, with males being larger than their female counterparts. They tend to have bright colors but are notoriously hard to catch, as when they feel threatened, they swim with great speed to deeper waters. It is a predatory fish and consumes smaller cichlids as its primary source of food.
The Buccochromis nototaenia species is not known for being particularly aggressive; however, if occupying a tank with fish that can fit into its mouth, it has the natural instinct to attempt to consume them. Due to the predatory nature of this species, it is essential to consider this when choosing tankmates for your Mbowe fish.
When designing a tank for this species, it is crucial to create their natural environment as close as possible to allow them to thrive and feel comfortable. While these fish are predatory, they usually accept other fish species native to their natural habitats. However, there is an exception to this rule. This species does not do well with the Mbuna fish, and experts recommend refraining from keeping these fish in a single tank.
The Mbowe, in its natural habitat, is a predatory fish that consumes living organisms to survive. Due to their larger size, this species of fish consumes smaller cichlids it encounters in the wild. If they approach fish too large to fit in their mouths, they will leave them alone.
When keeping this species in tanks, experts do not recommend feeding them processed, manufactured fish food. Doing so will result in poor health conditions, an inability to breed, and a lack of bright color and pattern development. Instead, if you cannot procure the natural diet of these fish, experts suggest substituting shrimp larvae which they enjoy.
How many Buccochromis nototaenia fish can reside in a single tank?
Due to their generally larger size, if their holding tank is large enough, experts recommend having no more than six individual fish per tank.
Are Buccochromis nototaenia fish bad tank mates?
While this species is a naturally predatory fish, they do not attack fish species as large or larger than them. So when around fish of these size dimensions, they are generally docile.
While this is a rare occurrence, it can and will happen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that every one will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fish arrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag within 2 hours of the delivery time of your fish. We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem.
We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We can replace fish butshipping costs is the responsibilityof the buyer.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures,within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolve the issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
Most Shipments will be 2-day unless otherwise noted. We shipfish on Mondays and Tuesdays only (excluding holidays) to ensure fish arrive before weekends. This allows us to completely prepare the fish for shipping andensure they are healthy prior to arriving at your door. All fish will be shipped with oxygenated water and specific additives in the water to ensurethey maintain their health and stability during shipment. Depending on the species of fish and current weather conditions, the fish may arrive with a heat pack or ice pack to maintain the optimal temperature which further ensures thehealth and safety of your fish. All costs of shipping (postage, packaging,heat/ice packs, etc.) are included in the Shipping fee. We ship to only thecontinental United States and are unable to ship to P.O. boxes, must bephysical address.
"The fish I received do not look like the fish in thepicture. Why is this?"
- We typically take photographs of one or two fish when we initially get them in. Since we have a large quantity of most of the various species of fish, it would be understandably impossible to provide a picture ofevery individual fish with a specific species. For some of our more rare orlarger fish, the picture listed may be the actual fish that you are receiving.If this is the case, it will be designated by ?WYSIWYG?, meaning ?what you see,is what you get?.
"What happens if my fish arrive dead?"
- While this is a rare occurrence, it can and willhappen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that everyone will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fisharrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag.We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem. We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We will reship any replacement fish at the buyer's expense.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures, within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolvethe issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
"What if I'm not home when the fish arrive?"
- We will always provide you with a tracking number. While the fish are packaged to survive about 72+ hours within the shipping containers, we do ask that you make arrangements to arrive home to inspect your fish as soon as possible after they are delivered to your home. Itis always suggested to provide an area for the delivery person to place the boxthat is out of direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
"What do I do with my fish once I've unpacked them?"
- Like you would with any new fish, let the entire bag float in your tank for 15-30 minutes. This allows the temperature withinthe bag to adjust to the same as your tank and will reduce temperature shock onthe fish. After this time, you can add all of the fish and water that is in thebag into your tank. The products used within the water for shipping will notharm any existing fish within your tank and actually makes the transition foryour new fish a bit easier. After this, expect your new fish to take a few daysto become fully adjusted, this includes hiding, floating at the top, sinking tothe bottom, and not eating. After a few days, your new fish should be acting aswimming like they normally would. At this point, enjoy your aquarium!
"I want to return my new fish because x,y,z?"
- Unfortunately, we are unable to accept returns.We do recommend contacting us via email with yourorder number and as much information as possible. We will try to assist you inresolving whatever the issue may be.
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