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The White Pearly Calvus have a laterally compressed body with a relatively high back and a steep forehead. This unique shape allows them to root out prey from rocks and crevices. They have scales that are very thick and with serrated edges. When threatened they will curve their body toward the enemy which exposes the scales. These scales are quite sharp and can rip up the lips of a biting rival. Males have longer fins once they mature. This is a slow growing, long-lived fish. They commonly grow between 4 - 6 inches (10 - 15 cm) in length, with males being the larger of the two and females being smaller. With good care it live about 8 - 10 years.The body has dark vertical stripes that are most obvious in the front part of the body, with the back part being speckled and the stripes fading in the background. Depending on the variety, this cichlid can be black with white and light blue accents or white with dark brown accents. There are reportedly "orange" and "tiger" varieties too, but these are most likely crosses.All cichlids share a common feature that some saltwater fish such as wrasses and parrotfish have and that is a well-developed pharyngeal set of teeth that are in the throat, along with their regular teeth. Cichlids have spiny rays in the back parts of the anal, dorsal, pectoral, and pelvic fins to help discourage predators. The front part of these fins are soft and perfect for precise positions and effortless movements in the water as opposed to fast swimming.Cichlids have one nostril on each side while other fish have 2 sets. To sense "smells" in the water, they suck water in and expel the water right back out after being "sampled" for a short or longer time, depending on how much the cichlid needs to "smell" the water. This feature is shared by saltwater damselfish and cichlids are thought to be closely related.
The White Pearly Calvus is a community cichlid that can be kept with other peaceful Tanganyika cichlids of similar size. As they are predators, keep them with other cichlids that have the same dietary needs. They can be kept in pairs or in groups and are generally peaceful toward those of the same species. If kept in a very large tank however, they will establish a territory and chase conspecifics out. Avoid other color variations of White Pearly Calvus to avoid cross breeding and losing pure strains.They will tolerate peaceful cichlids of a different genus. Do not keep them with Mbuna, or with species in the Tropheus or Petrochromis genera. Avoid smaller fish that can be consumed. They do best in a species specific tank (20 gallon) if you want to breed them. If breeding them do not house with Plecostomus as these fish will eat the eggs and fry at night.
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The Convict Cichlid is probably ranked number 3 out of all cichlids as far as popularity goes, with Angelfish and Oscars being 1 and 2 respectively. Convict Cichlids have the common name of "convict cichlid" because of the white and black contrasting patterns they sport. Males may be larger than females of the same age and the females may have a pink or orange tint to the belly region. There is an Albino Convict Cichlid as well. This fish can get to be about 4 inches (10 cm) and should do fine in a 20 gallon (78 liters) or larger aquarium.The Buttikoferi Cichlid is from the river systems of Western Africa. They are sometimes known as the Zebra Tilapia fish because of the black and white vertical stripes. They start...