Ventralis Feather Fin AKA Blue Gold-Tip CIchlid (Ophthalmotilapia ventralis), Tank-Bred!
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This medium sized cichlid is vibrantly colorful and extremely active, even as a young juvenile! Adults mature to incredible electric blue and/or yellow coloration!
The Ventralis Feather Fin Cichlid (Ophthalmotilapia ventralis), also known as the Blue Gold-Tip Cichlid, is a medium sized, active rock-dwelling cichlid that is native to the shallow coastline areas of Lake Tanganyika in Africa. It is relatively uncommon in the aquarium hobby. In the wild, it spawns in crater-like holes in the substrate. This cichlid is known for the bright neon blue coloration that covers its entire body.
The Ventralis Feather Fin Cichlid will thrive in an aquarium with piles of rocks that form some caves. They will not destroy vegetation, so plants may be used in the aquarium. Sand is the best substrate for this species. Mature fish will often claim and defend a small territory around their respective rock piles and caves. This cichlid mostly inhabits the middle and lower level of the water column, so it can often be kept with a variety of species that inhabit the upper areas of the water column. This species is not aggressive, but should be the most dominant species in the tank as it will become timid and lose color if not. While mostly peaceful, this cichlid can become territorial while spawning, so it is important to have a spacious tank with multiple "territories". Dwarf shrimp and other small, delicate invertebrates should not be kept with the Ventralis Feather Fin.
Feeding is simple for the unfussy Ventralis Feather Fin Cichlid. High-quality dry and frozen foods will be accepted, but high protein, meaty foods should be avoided. Quality and variety are the keys to a diet that will ensure that this fish maintains optimal health and coloration, so this species should not be fed dry foods exclusively. While it is primarily omnivorous, vegetable matter should be a staple in its diet.
We are currently offering juvenile specimens of this magnificent fish!
What We Like About This Fish:
- Beautiful bright blue coloration
- Very manageable size
- Possible to breed in the aquarium
- Compatible with many other species in a spacious tank
- Potential to be a "centerpiece" fish
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
- Temperature: 73.4° - 81° F (23° - 27° C)
- pH: 7.5 - 9.0
- KH: 9 - 25 dKH
- Minimum tank size: 55 gallons for an adult pair, 75+ gallons for a group
- Diet: Mostly omnivorous. A variety of high-quality dry and frozen foods is necessary for optimal health and coloration. Vegetable matter should be a staple.
- Social behavior: Mostly peaceful. Loosely social until sexual maturity. Breeding pairs are often territorial to all other fish.
- Origin: Tank-Bred, but indigenous to Lake Tanganyika, Africa
- Average adult size: 6 inches (15 cm)
- Average purchase size: 1 - 1.5 inches (2.5 - 3.8 cm) for juveniles