A male of this species must be kept together with several females. The aquarium must be decorated with stones on the edges and background to create caves and shelters. Plants are left alone and can therefore also be used as decoration. They cannot be kept together with other fish that are too small as they are considered as food.
This species was first described in 1894 by Günther.
You can feed them live and frozen food like mosquito larvae, shrimp and fish meat. Frozen food is also accepted.
Breeding Stigmatochromis modestus
Breeding is fairly simple. Up to 60 eggs are laid by the female and immediately taken into the mouth. They are then fertilized by the male using the egg spot method. The female then withdraws between the rocks. After about 3 weeks the fry leave the mother’s mouth. They are not taken back into the mouth. They can easily be raised with Artemia nauplia and finely crushed flakes.
Jan Bukkems – Aquavisie
Mark Thomas – Marks Fiskenarie