Xenotilapia sima is a relatively peaceful scholing fish that shouldn’t be kept with larger or very active cichlids. We also advice not to keep them with nocturnal catfish. The aquarium should be decorated with a sandy substrate as these fish are constantly looking for food by sifting the sand. The scare easily so try to avoid sudden unexpected movements in front of your tank.
This is an omnivorous fish. Make sure to feed them a variety of meaty and vegetable foods. The only take food from the substrate, make sure some food finds it way all the way down.
Breeding Xenotilapia sima
Breeding Xenotilapia sima is not very difficult. The male digs a small pit in the sand. The eggs are deposited and fertilised in the pit. The eggs are picked up by the female in her mouth. She will breed on the eggs and fry for around 3 weeks. She can hold up to 50 eggs. The fry can be fed with newly hatched brine shrimp and crushed flakes as soon as the female spits them out.
Jan Bukkems – Aquavisie
Jan Bukkems –Aquavisie