Wow, I'm impressed! Just wondering if you could provide me with some of the basic info about keeping these guys.
Tank size requirements
What type of substrate are you using in the pics.
Well, first of all, both species share habitat but have different habits.
is a predator of small shrimps and fish fry while T. otostigma
is a "mud eater" (filter edible material from mud such as algae, small anellids and cruataceans...).
I feed Reganochromis
with a high quality marine protein rich pellet, Mysis (live and frozen), live Daphnia and sometimes small pieces of squid.
are fed on a 15% Spirulina content high quality pellet as a staple food, Mysis and small live marine benthic copepods. Triglachromis should be take care to not overfeed animal protein due his large intestine adapted to slow digestion of diatoms and other low energy food.
The most important requirement for breding both species, specially Triglachromis
, is the presence of tubular caves and lots of soft bottom material. PVC pipes are recommended as caves. I use 40 mm section ones in pieces ranging from 20 to 50 cm long. I haven´t bred them to date but first mating behaviour have been observed in both species. Very fine sand is specially good for Triglachromis
due they are superb diggers.
It seems both are biparental mouthbrooders, but few information is available concerning breeding groups. I have 3/3 adult Triglachromis
in specific tank 75 cm L x 50 cm W x 40 cm H (150 lts.) for trying to breed them, and 2/2 adult Reganochromis
in a 105 cm L x 80 cm W x 55 cm H (462 lts.) alone while I wait for a group of Xenotilapia sp. Red Princess, and a group of Paracyprichromis nigripinnis Kantalamba.
Finally, the substrate used in both tanks is fine grey color beach sand.