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Apistogramma
    agassizii
    atahualpa
    baenschi
    borellii
    cacatuoides
    commbrae
    geisleri
    gephyra
    gibbiceps
    hoignei
    hongsloi
    iniridae
    macmasteri
    ortmanni
    panduro
    paucisquamis
    pertensis
    rubrolineata
    sp. "Abacaxis"
    sp. "Putumayo"
    sp. "Steel Blue"
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    uaupesi
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West African 
Nanochromis
   parilus
   transvestitus
Pelvicachromis
    pulcher
    roloffi
    subocellatus
    taeniatus



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 Pelvicachromis roloffi

       Pelvicachromis roloffi is a rarely seen dwarf cichlid from eastern Guinea, Sierra Leone and western Liberia. There are several regional variations of Pelvicachromis roloffi however, none are brightly colored. Most male Pelvicachromis roloffi are rather drab with a gray/brown base color a
Pelvicachromis roloffi male
This young male Pelvicachromis roloffi is very typical for the species.
dark lateral stripe. Individual males may exhibit attractive blue spangled highlights on their caudal (tail) fin.

      By contrast, female P. roloffi are very pretty in a subdued fashion. They exhibit a warm purple abdomen whose colors intensify during spawning. Female P. roloffi also generally sport several yellow rimmed dark spots at the base of their dorsal fin.

        Pelvicachromis roloffi are generally mild mannered compared to many cichlids. However, they are capable of significant fighting if not properly housed. As with all dwarfs, I suggest a complex habitat and keeping the fish in either small breeding groups or large flocks. Try to avoid keeping just a few fish together unless they are a breeding pair/group. In small numbers the most dominate fish will quickly eliminate the less aggressive unless the tank provides plenty of cover.


Pelvicachromis rollofi female Female Pelvicachromis roloffi
        Pelvicachromis roloffi are typical cave spawning West African Dwarf Cichlids. They tend to form a fairly strong pair bond and after a prolonged courtship period they will select a cave to spawn in. The female performs the egg and larval fry care with the male in generally close proximity. After the fry emerge the  male will generally assist in brood care. The fry are fairly large, especially as compared to Apistogramma fry. They will easily take newly hatched brine shrimp and other small foods. With good food and frequent water changes they will grow quickly.

        Although not one of the most spectacularly colored West African dwarf cichlids, P. roloffi makes a great resident in a community tank and is an interesting dwarf cichlid. If you ever have an opportunity to keep these rare fishes you will enjoy them greatly.



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