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.Tropheus sp."Rutungu"
Tropheus moorii
Tropheus moorii
Tropheus moorii Staartstreep rood
Tropheus moorii regenboog oranje

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Tropheus moorii (Boulenger 1898)
We start with a portrait of Tropheus moorii. After all Tropheus moorii is the Tropheus that has been described first and that is known for the longest time, obvious that it is typusspecimen for the genus and serves as reference material for the specimen of the genus that were described later on. Picturede at the top on the left. Aquarist know the animal as the "Brabantmoorii". The medium length of the mature moorii's in the lake come to 200 mm So it is a medium sized cichlid. It has a stocky and torpedo shape body with powerful fins. That enables it to move rapidly between the rocks to avoid enemies by quick turns and to make a quick start. It is not in the least a swimmer for the long distances. The De tropheus specimen are all bound to the littoral zone. The Tropheus moorii by nature is as all the other Tropheuses an eater of algae and a mouthbreeder. In the wide, crosswise placed, distinct inferior mouth are spatula-shaped tooth; suitable to graze the stones bare of these algae. They occur in extended groups that clearly are grouped in a pattern of an order of ranking. In the aquarium one better combines some males with a number females as large as the measurement of the aquarium permit and perhaps also as much as our financial situation enables. The aggression of Tropheus moorii is known and therefor it is very difficult, perhaps impossible to introduce new specimen in a group that has already formed itself. It is wise to purchase from the beginning a group off sufficient size. Addition of the group can also take place by maintaining carefully selected young ones.

Tropheus duboisi (Marlier 1959)
The name is taken from J. Dubois, who participated at an expedition in 1957 near Bemba at which also Tropehus duboisi was captured. These were caught at depths of 3 until 12 m. So considerable deeper than Tropheus moorii, that lives in rather shallow water. At first one thought Tropheus duboisi occurred only there until it was perceived too on further places in lake Tanganyika. It often lives together with other Tropheus-species and there exist a number of color variety's. We already mentioned that Tropheus duboisi lives in deeper water. This concerns only the mature specimen. The young ones loiter in more shallow water, closer to the coast. Between the smaller stones they find an ideal shelter and because of the light there is also plenty of food in the form of algae. In fact there don't exist great morphological differences with Tropheus moorii but the deviant behavior and also color and pattern together with the aberrant biotope justify the independent status. Adult Tropheus duboisi aren't found in groups: They operate more in pairs or totally alone. Perhaps this is a little misleading; they are just like all the other Tropheus-specious polygamous That means that the males like to have several females with them to mate with, or else like to mate with several females after each other. Tropheus duboisi has a black base color with a striking white or yellow belt around the bellow The mouth is standing a little more at the end of the head than it is with Tropheus moorii. Tropheus duboisi appeared to be a little more peaceful than e.g. Tropheus moorii. With good care reproduction is no problem.