When you keep Parachromis loisellei in an aquarium that is not large enough he gets very aggressive. You should keep them as a pair. It is wise to buy 6 young animals and after a while a matching couple forms. The other fishes should be removed. You should set up the aquarium with stones, driftwood and roots that form caves and hiding places. A territory is made. A dimmed light is appreciated. You can keep them together with large cichlids and catfish.
Synonyms: Cichlasoma loisellei, Parachromis loiselli.
You should give them large, powerful food like small fish, lobster and shrimp.
Breeding Parachromis loisellei
With a good matching couple breeding is easy. Up to 1000 eggs are laid and fertilized. Both parents defend the fry fanatical. After 3 days the eggs hatch. When the young fishes are swimming free you can raise them with Artemia-nauplii.
Jan Bukkems – Aquavisie
John de Lange