Tropheus duboisi Karilani

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Tropheus duboisi Karilani

The White Spotted Cichlid, also known as Tropheus duboisi, is a captivating fish with a remarkable color transformation from juvenile to adult. These cichlids originate from Lake Tanganyika and are recognized for their striking appearance and moderate care requirements.

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Stage 2 - Nice Transitional Color

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Juvenile .75"
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Description

The White Spotted Cichlid, scientifically known as Tropheus duboisi, is a captivating and unique freshwater fish hailing from Lake Tanganyika in Africa. What sets this cichlid apart is its remarkable transformation in color as it matures.

As juveniles, these cichlids exhibit an adorable appearance, characterized by a black body adorned with white to bluish spots arranged in vertical rows. However, their adult form is equally stunning, featuring a bluish head, dark slate to nearly black body and fins, and a prominent contrasting yellow band encircling their midsection. This distinct coloration earns them the name “Blue-Faced Duboisi Cichlid.”

In the wild, White Spotted Cichlids inhabit rocky coastal areas, thriving at depths of 9 to 49 feet, although they’ve been recorded as deep as 98 feet. They are specialized aufwuchs feeders, primarily consuming filamentous algae attached to rocks and microorganisms. This dietary preference makes them well-suited for aquariums with strong lighting that promotes algae growth.

Caring for White Spotted Cichlids demands attention to detail. They are moderately challenging to keep due to their susceptibility to conditions like bloat. Diligence in maintaining their diet and habitat is crucial. These cichlids are highly aggressive. A species-specific tank is encouraged, but not required.

To provide a suitable environment, a 75-gallon tank with sandy or small-sized gravel substrate, strong lighting, and ample rock formations for hiding and cave-building is recommended. While plants can be added, it’s essential to choose hardy varieties as White Spotted Cichlids may consume them.

Regular water changes and vigilant care are vital to maintaining water quality. Feeding them a spirulina-based diet with occasional live foods, like Cyclops and Mysis, is advisable. However, proteins should be offered sparingly to avoid potential health issues.

Breeding White Spotted Cichlids in captivity is possible. A group of juveniles can be introduced to a tank, with males and females forming a harem. Female readiness for breeding can be challenging to achieve, but once successful, they carry fertilized eggs in their mouths. Ensuring the female’s protection and proper feeding during this period is essential for successful breeding.

In summary, the White Spotted Cichlid is a visually stunning fish with a captivating color transformation. While their care requires attention, aquarists willing to provide the necessary care will be rewarded with the beauty and uniqueness of these cichlids in their aquarium.

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