The Rusty Cichlid (Iodotropheus Sprengerae), also known as Lavender Mbuna or Lavender Cichlid, is a freshwater fish endemic to the Chinyamwezi Island regions of Lake Malawi, East Africa. Their purple-orange bodies and bright orange fins make them stand out among other African Cichlids.
As compared to other cichlids, the Rusty Cichlids are one of the most peaceful and less territorial. However, their aggression exists between male and female counterparts of the same genus and not with other fish.
Rusty Cichlids can grow up to 4.3 inches long as adults. They require a tank of a minimum of 55 gallons with water of temperature 76°F to 82°F and a pH range of 7.8 to 8.6.
Sand should be included in the tank as a substrate and rocks along with driftwood pieces to help them feel more at home. When Rusty Cichlids are taken very good care of they can live up to 8 years in captivity.
Rusty Cichlids are classic omnivores and are very easy to feed. They will accept both meaty and plant-based foods. In captivity, they will enjoy dry, live, and frozen foods.
Since they are omnivores by nature, high-quality foods can also be provided to them. However, vegetables predominate in their diet.
Keep the diet more nutritious by adding vegetables like cucumbers, spinach, or lettuce.
Rusty Cichlids are undoubtedly very peaceful and will therefore get along with other non-aggressive fish. Tankmates should be similarly sized without territorial violence for the Rusty Cichlid to be comfortable.
The most compatible tankmates for the Rusty Cichlid are:
Rusty Cichlids are not considered to be an aggressive species of fish. They are however aggressive towards other fish of the same genus over territories and during spawning.
To reduce aggression between them, they need to be stocked harem style- a few females per male.
What fish can be kept with the Rusty Cichlid?
The Rusty Cichlids are a non-aggressive fish species and can therefore get along with most fish that are not aggressive or larger than the Rusty Cichlid.
Some of the most compatible tankmates for the Rusty Cichlid are Alunocara, Haps, Capadichromis, and Labidochromis Caeruleus.
How big do Rusty Cichlids get?
Rusty Cichlids can grow up to 4.3 inches (10.8 cm) as adults in an aquarium.
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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