Friday, December 23, 2011

Blue Dolphin Cichlids-Blue Moorii Lipid Metallic-Blue

 Blue Dolphin Cichlids-Blue Moorii Lipid Metallic-Blue
The Blue Dolphin Cichlid has a nuchal hump protruding from its forehead and it has Angelina Jolie bulging lips that extend from its face address with pink lipstick. Both of these physical characteristics combined resemble a dolphin. The nuchal hump on its head starts to develop as the fish develops and the nuchal hump becomes larger as Blue Dolphin Cichlid matures and ages further the nuchal hump develops in both male and female specimens.

The Blue Dolphin Cichlid is lipid metallic-blue in color and may or may not have a scattering of black splotches all over their bodies and as they age the top of their head will appears brown or moss algae green. This lipid blue male species can grow to be a maximum size of 12” inches in length although the females are predisposed to approximately 8” inches and she will always be slightly smaller than males and they can live for 12 to 15 years. The Blue Dolphin Cichlid is slow growing and this fish takes at least two and half too three year old to reach sexual maturity.

High Protein Diet-Live Food Is Required and Preferred

Blue Moorii Cichlids can be considered micro-predators because of their hunting habits in the wild. By following substrate diggers they can feast on the micro-organisms that get stirred up into the water. In captivity, this carnivore will accept a number of live foods such live brine shrimp, prawns, bloodworms, white worms, aquatic fleas. crickets, frozen brine shrimp. NEVER EVER FEED beef heart which has to much fat and can cause bloating which is fatal. Further do not feed them Tubifex worms the Tubifex worms have been linked with the appearance of bacterial diseases in Malawi cichlids.
 There is not much need for green foods in their diet but they are likely to accept it as a dietary option if nothing else is available”. However Blue Moorii Cichlids Requires very high protein diet this is absolutely necessary for their overall health to thrive, grow, mature and breed.
 Blue Dolphin Cichlid Behavior and Fish Tank Compatibility

This relatively peaceful cichlid fish is as non-violent as one can expect from an African cichlid. But don’t let that fool you because they can and will still be capable of eating any fish that is small enough to be eaten. The Blue Dolphin should not be in the same community aquarium as small, non-aggressive fish such as goldfish, beta, tetras, guppies, angelfish but they make great tank mates with species such as Plecos, Synodontis catfish. 
They do really well in species tanks as long as there are more females than males for breeding purposes. The male needs to have opportunities for breeding just in case one of the females is not ready to lay eggs just yet. Malawi Blue Dolphins can become very aggressive while spawning or when it comes to territories if there are not enough space or females for each male; each male needs at least three females, so be sure to provide sufficient swimming space to prevent disputes. Blue Dolphin Cichlid does not require hiding places they prefer wide open space for their territory so if you desire rocks place the rocks in the back corners along with rock along and against the back glass for the protection of your catfish. Remember their natural habitat is in shallow sandy areas of their lake environment and they do not go into rock areas ever unless they are panicked and pursued by a predator.

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Deanna Balestra said...

Thank you for this detailed information about the Blue Dolphin Cichlids! I think this fish would be compatible in my fish tank, which includes catfish, based on your information. I like the idea of raising these micro-predators and watching them grow and breed.

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