Paratilapia Polleni (Ml)
Live Animals Are Click and Collect Only
Please note that we do not ship live animals. You can order online and collect in store.
Paratilapia Polleni, also known as the Multispot Cichlid or Humphead Parrotfish, is a stunning and robust freshwater fish species belonging to the cichlid family. Native to the freshwater rivers and lakes of Madagascar, this fish is highly regarded for its unique appearance and interesting behaviors.
Origin: Paratilapia Polleni is native to the island of Madagascar, specifically found in the freshwater rivers and lakes of the region.
Temperature: The ideal water temperature for Paratilapia Polleni is between 75°F to 82°F (24°C to 28°C). Maintaining a stable and suitable temperature is crucial for their overall well-being.
Housing: Keeping Paratilapia Polleni requires a spacious aquarium of at least 75 gallons, as they can grow quite large. They are best kept in a species-only tank or a community tank with large, peaceful fish species. It is essential to provide them with plenty of hiding spots, rocks, and driftwood to mimic their natural habitat. Additionally, a well-filtered tank with regular water changes is essential to maintain good water quality.
Feeding: Paratilapia Polleni is an omnivorous species, meaning they eat both plant matter and small live or frozen foods. Their diet can include high-quality cichlid pellets, flakes, and live or frozen foods like brine shrimp, bloodworms, and small crustaceans. A varied diet will ensure they receive all the necessary nutrients for optimal health and coloration.
Lifespan: With proper care, Paratilapia Polleni can live for up to 10 to 15 years or even longer. Providing them with a suitable environment and a balanced diet will contribute to their longevity.
Behavior and Personality: Paratilapia Polleni is a peaceful and social species that can display interesting behaviors, including digging and rearranging the substrate. They are generally well-behaved in a community tank, but it is essential to avoid aggressive tank mates that might stress or harm them. As they grow, they can become territorial, especially during breeding.
Please note: We don't ship live animals. You can order Paratilapia Polleni online and choose click and collect, and we will hold it for you. As with any fish species, it is crucial to provide them with a suitable and comfortable environment to thrive. Paratilapia Polleni is a captivating addition to any freshwater aquarium, and their unique appearance and peaceful demeanor make them a popular choice among aquarium enthusiasts.