Tropheus moorii v. Bemba (Red-Banded Bemba Cichlid)
The Red-Banded Bemba Cichlid is a lively cichlid with bright red bands down its body. They are excellent fish for someone who is new to the hobby as long as they feed them right and change their water regularly.
Red-Banded Bemba Cichlids are one of the most common and well-known species of Tanganikian Cichlid. They have striking colors that set them apart from other fish, making them easy to spot in a tank with any different color scheme.
The Appearance of the Red-Banded Bemba Cichlid
The Red-Banded Bemba Cichlid comes from Lake Tanganyika in Eastern Africa. They have a dark body with an orange/red stripe vertically down the middle of their bodies. These unique fish will begin showing color at around two inches in length. Their orange/red line becomes more vibrant as they grow larger and is typically more vibrant on the alpha males within a group.
Characteristics of the Red-Banded Bemba Cichlid
Red-Banded Bemba Cihclids can be difficult for novice aquarists, but do not fear because a large aquarium and vegetation-heavy diet will keep these omniivores healthy. Since their are in the Tropheous family and aggressive by nature, they would do best when housed in larger tanks rather than smaller ones to avoid aggression between themselves or other species in a tank.
As mentioned previously, Red-Banded Bemba Cichlids are in the Tropheous family, so they do tend to be a bit more aggressive than most. It is recommended that they are kept in groups of other Red-Banded Bemba Cichlids or other cichlids from Lake Tanganyika that are similar is size such as Tropheous Dubosi or Lemon Leulupi Cichlids.
The Diet of the Red-Banded Bemba Cichlid
Tropheus are omnivores, but they need a healthy dose of spirulina and green vegetables to keep their gut healthy. Along with some form of vegetation, these cichlids could be fed a complete cichlid pellet, bloodworms, or small live foods. Most importantly, when feeding African Cichlids of any kind is to ensure they are receiving a good amount of vegetation to keep their gut healthy while getting a portion of proteins that help with their color and overall health.
The bright orange/red combined with their black bodies sets this particular species apart from all others and makes it an exciting choice for any aquarist who wants something different. Just make sure you have a large enough tank and compatible tankmates before adding these fish into your home aquarium.
How many Red-Banded Bemba Cichlids should be kept together?
Communities of an odd number are ideal, but the overall number depends on the tank size. A good rule of thumb is 1" of fish per gallon of water.
Do Red-Banded Bemba Cichlids need live plants?
These cichlids do not need live plants and are typically not recommended as they will potentially tear out any plants.
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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