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White Tail Acei (Pseudotropheus sp. Acei Ngara)

Photo of: White Tail Acei (Pseudotropheus sp. Acei Ngara)

Scientific Name(s): Pseudotropheus sp. Acei Ngara


Common Name(s): White Tail Acei


Family: Cichlidae


Species Type: African Cichlids, Lake Malawi


Maximum Size: 7 inches


Life Span: 8 years


Natural Habitat: Lake Malawi in Africa


Minimum Tank Size: 55 gallons


Tank Region: Prefers middle and bottom of tank


Possible Tank Mates: Other Mbuna and catfish


Physical Description: The white tail acei has flat teeth used to get algae from rocks and logs. It is pale blue in color with white fins. Dummy eggs appear on the ventral fins. The male’s spots are brighter than that of the females. Will grow to be 7 inches in length. Males and females are very common in color but the males will be the larger of the two.


Advice for Keeping this Species: An omnivorous fish - it prefers plenty of vegetation. Brine shrimp is also a favorite food. Can harvest algae from submerged logs and rocks with its cuspid like teeth. They are very active and are good natured by Mbuna standards. Will seldom get into a biting contest with other fish. Prefers mock battles. Can be the bully or the one being bullied. Get along great with other fish of this species and other Mbuna. The males will be the ones to spread fins at intruders and will be the one to be the most active. Females are calmer and tend to stay at the back of the school. They do enjoy schooling the male will shimmy the female when ready to mate. They are mouth brooders and will mate like typical mouth brooders. The female will carry the eggs in her mouth until the fry have been hatched and can handle life on their own.


Temperature Range: 78°F - 82°F



pH Range: 7.8 - 8.6

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Hardness Range: 10° - 12°



Breeding Information: Mouth brooders, female will not eat while carries eggs and fry in mouth. Will spit the fry out when able to survive on their own. Best to remove the eggs from the females’ mouth and separate since the male is known to bump females causing them to swallow the eggs.


Sexing Information: Very similar in color but the spots on the ventral fin of the male are brighter and more colorful. The male will usually be longer than the female.


Diet: Omnivorous but prefers lots of vegetation. Java fern, hygrophhila and anubias are taken well. Flake food will be accepted and enjoys the occasional brine shrimp.


Temperament: Mildly aggressive


Common Diseases: Malawi Bloat which is caused by protozoan can die within 24-78 hours from onset of disease if not treated quickly. Will cause liver and kidney damage.


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African Cichlids, Lake Malawi


Keith Pardee

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