The Pseudotropheus Chailosi is a mbuna cichlid that originated from Lake Malawi in Africa. Like many other African Cichlids, it is now being bred and raised in the United States and other countries outside of Africa.
The Pseudotropheus Chailosi is known for the males having dark vertical stripes and yellow highlights on the bodies and fins. Depending on the hierarchy within the aquarium, some males may be more brightly colored than others. Generally speaking, the more dominate males will have brighter and bolder colors compared to the males that are not as dominate. Females typically have very little to no color but will typically have some of the same stripe patterns that their male counterparts have.
Like most African Cichlids, Pseudotropheus Chailosi are mouth brooders which means that the females will incubate the fertilized eggs within their mouth until the babies are large enough to be free swimming.
Pseudotropheus Chailosi are similar to many other mbuna cichlids in the fact that they can and typically will be fairly aggressive towards other males that look similar to them. One way to curb aggression is not have any male cichlids that are very similar in color. Overstocking an African Cichlid tank can also help reduce aggression since the males will not have enough space to claim as their own. Another recommendation from several hobbyist is to only keep males in the aquarium. If there are no females for the males to 'fight' over, there tends to be less aggression.
Pseudotropheus Chailosi are like other African Cichlids, they are omnivores. This means that they eat both plant and animal matter. For African Cichlids, it is recommended to feed mainly plant matter such as spirulina flake. This keeps their gut healthy and prevents common conditions such as bloating. You can also feed animal products such as bloodworms, feeder shrimp, small guppies as a special treat as well.
How do Pseudotropheus Chailosi breed?
Female Pseudotropheus Chailosi lay eggs (between 20 and 50) on a flat surface and wait for a male to fertilize them. Then, since Pseudotropheus Chailosi is a “mouth breeder” species, the female will incubate the fertilized eggs in her mouth until they’re ready to hatch.
What diseases can Pseudotropheus Chailosi contract?
Pseudotropheus Chailosi are susceptible to all typical fish illnesses (such as Ich) if they’re left in poor quality water.
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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