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Size: Male P. sp. 'steveni taiwan' can attain a maximum total length of about 17 cm, while females usually stay several centimeters smaller with a maximum total length of about 13 cm.

Habitat: P. sp. ‘steveni taiwan’ inhabits the pure rocky habitats which mainly consists of huge boulders. Territorial males defend territories on top of rocks at rather deep levels—most males are found at a depth of more than 15 meters. Most of the year there is a heavy current around the reef, sometimes so strong that it is difficult for a diver to swim against, even with fins! The only species that braves such a current is P. saulosi. P. sp. ‘steveni taiwan’ may have been forced by the current, which is strongest at the top of the reef, to settle in deeper regions. Females can sometimes be seen in shallower water, usually in loose groups of less than 25 members.

Breeding: Territorial males defend a large section on the upper side of a large boulder. They feed from within their territories but not from the spawning site which often shows a lush growth of algae since all other herbivores are prevented from feeding there as well. Ripe females can thus at once see the spawning site within the male’s territory and judge the safety of its position. Mouthbrooding females are normally found by themselves and do not gather in nursery schools.

Comments: In contrast to P. sp. ‘steveni imperial’, which is often sympatric with other Stevenis, P. sp. ‘steveni taiwan’ is the only Steveni found in its area of distribution. Given the distribution and habitat preference of P. sp. ‘steveni taiwan’ I believe that it is old enough to have been present at low lake levels thousands of years ago. Their current discontinuous distribution possibly represents relict populations from such a period. It may share a common ancestor with P. taeniolatus and P. sp. ‘steveni taiwan’, but due to the complete isolation from all other populations it may have developed into a different species, adapted to their specific environment. The relatively large eye of P. sp. ‘steveni taiwan’ could therefore be an adaptation to the depth at which it lives.

Reference http://www.cichlidae.com/species.php?id=132

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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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.

 

Protomelas sp. "Steveni Taiwan" (Taiwanee Reef)

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