I found this picture of Pseudocrenilabrus multicolor on a google search:
Is that an accurate picture of the species?
I'm wondering because Atlantis (a distributor of pond raised and importer) got pond raised ones in, and they are either Ps. multicolor multicolor or the other beautiful Pseudocrenilabrus multicolor victorae:
Both pictures show male Pseudocrenilabrus multicolor victoriae
. The upper fish appears somewhat 'artifical' in his colors, maybe it is the result of linebreeding. P. multicolor multicolor
, the Egyptian Mouthbrooder, is a rather different fish, not only with regard to coloration. I believe that multicolor
in fact are distinct species for they have virtually nothing in common beyond the features shared also by other species of Pseudocrenilabrus
. The fish referred to as P. multicolor
in the hobby (literature, trade etc.) is usually the Egyptian Mouthbrooder. P. m. victoriae
has often been confused with P. philander dispersus
sp. 'Beira Gold' is another trade name for that species.
According to my observations P. nicholsi
is a rather hardy species with regard to pH, therefore it should be no problem if it varies somewhat through the year. The species is known to live in small rainforest streams with soft and quite acidic water, but not exclusively. My tanks for Pseudocrenilabrus
are usually heavily planted and I have made good experiences with keeping them together with moderately sized tetras, barbs, catfishes etc., but small species like Neon tetras may be taken for food. I would, however, recommend to keep these fish pairwise (sufficient cover provided!), for the females are aggressive to each other too, so if you buy one male and two or three females, it could well be that after a few weeks only a pair is left.