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Nanochromis transvestitus

Nanochromis transvestitus
West African Dwarf Cichlid
Nanochromis transvestitus is a delightful dwarf cichlid from West Africa. First discovered in Lake Mai-ndombe in 1973, it has been a favorite for specialized hobbiests since then. For many cichlid species the males are much more colorful than females. However, with Nanochromis transvestitus this is directly opposite as females are much more colorful than males. In recognition of this reversed coloration the authors of the scientific description provided the name transvestitus.
 Dominate males are extremely aggressive and will viciously attack other males and non-receptive females. Pair bonds only seem to last part of the time and it is not uncommon to have a normally agreeable pair suddenly at war. You must have many hiding places if you want to keep these fish.

Breeding Nanochromis transvestitus is generally a challenge. It is best to start with a small group of fish of mixed sexes. 5 - 8 fish make a nice start. Put them into a densely planted tank with many caves. Feed them well any you will likely find that a pair will form. At this point you have the best results if you can remove most of the other transvestitus from the tank. I always try to leave the pair as I have had pair bonds shattered when moving them. 
Nanochromis transvestitus have very obvious mating rituals. Here a female is bending her body to emphasize her swollen abdomen. Despite her "full" look and slightly extended ovipositor, this female will probably not breed for at least another week as she continues to ripen produce additional ripe eggs. Transvestitus are very demanding for successful spawning. You will need water with almost no hardness and a pH of about 5.0. If you cannot meet these conditions the fish might spawn but it is very unlikely that the eggs will hatch. 
Nanochromis transvestitus eggs will hatch in about 5 days and the larval fry will need another week or so to become free swimming. They will take baby brine shrimp or microworms immediately. They grow fairly quickly with lots of live food and plenty of high quality water changes. Young transvestitus are easy to sex as the distinctive caudal (tail) fin patterns are easy to pick out.

虹彩虹彩短鲷,学名:Nanochromis Transvestitus 英文名:Transvestite Cichlid。是西非短鲷的一种,1973年首次发现于Mai-ndombe 湖,从那时起就在西方流行。体长大约7cm,公鱼比母鱼略大。一般雄性的鱼会比雌性漂亮,但是虹彩短鲷的雌性有比雄性更加丰富的色彩。