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Common name: Haplochromis sunset

Scientific name: Dimidiochromis strigatus

Origin: Lake Malawi; also found in the Shire River.

Size: Usually around 15cm/6\", but potentially up to 25cm/10\". Females are a little smaller.

Diet: There has been some debate about the diet of D. strigatus. Stomach analyses of wild fish have shown that the species feeds on invertebrates and small utaka. Captive fish should take most bulky foods, including cichlid pellets and frozen shrimp.

Water: Typical Lake Malawi conditions - hard, alkaline.

Aquarium: Like the related D. compressiceps, it\'s found midwater in shallow, sandy bays and lagoons, often among vegetation. Adults need large aquaria, especially when breeding, as they can get aggressive. Provide more than one female per male, and add plenty of shelter for the females to hide if they are being harassed. Use a deep sandy-gravely substrate and a wide tank to allow them to construct the nest as it would in nature.

Sexing: Males are larger and more colourful.

Breeding: According to Baasch (1992), D. strigatus builds a large crater nest about 50cm/20\" wide and 5-10cm/2\"-4\" deep, and spawns within this. The females can have very large broods, with up to 230 fry being reported. Baasch notes that the fry feed so ravenously that casualties can occur because they seem to gorge themselves and don\'t know when to stop feeding. At 2.5cm/1\", they become less problematic to rear.

Notes: There are three other species in the genus: D. dimidiatus, D. kiwinge and D. compressiceps. D. kiwinge and D. compressiceps are found in Lake Malombe as well as in Lake Malawi.

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Q: I just completed my order, what's next?
A: Before shipment, we quarantine all fish for at least 24-48 hours. During this period, we closely monitor the fish to make sure they are healthy. We also do not feed them during this time in order to 'clean out' their digestive system and limit their ability to soil the water.  This helps reduce the amount of waste in the bag and will keep the water clean.

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Southwest: Depending on your location some cities have limited amount of flights per day. I will normally communicate this with you via email or text the arrival date and arrival time.

Note:  If the arrival date above don’t work for you please let me know on the note section upon check out on when you prefer to receive the package.

Q: Who delivers my order and how much?
A: UPS Next Day Air:
     For a low flat rate of $45 any where in the US with any size box.          

    Southwest:
    
For any order over $200 or order containing mostly large 4+ Males,
    we recommend Southwest Air Cargo for flat rate of $55.

   Delta Cargo:
  
This is available to all customers that does not have the option to use
   Southwest Air Cargo. Buyer will pay shipping at Delta Cargo Station upon pick
   up. (Usually around $75 - $80)

Q: Some or all of my fish arrived dead - what do I do?
A: We offer a Live Arrival Guarantee service for four hours after door delivery. In the event that a fish arrives dead in the shipping bag, you must take clear digital pictures of the fish in an unopened bag and email it to vegasvalleycichlids@gmail.com within four hours of receiving your package. Live Arrival Guarantee is voided after the bags have been opened.

VegasValleyCichlids.com will also refund (Not Store Credit) on any DOA'S that involve carrier mishandling, which includes delays (Less than 48 hours), damaged boxes or water temperature extremes. DOA's must be reported the day of arrival and be accompanied by an emailed photo to ensure refund.

    25% DOA
    We will refund 25% of shipping and the price of the DOA fish. 

   50% DOA
  
We will refund 50% of shipping the and price of the DOA fish.

   75% DOA
   We will refund 100% of shipping and 100% of all the fish.
   You keep the fishes that made it for FREE.

 

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Dimidiochromis Strigatus

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