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Scientific Name:Protomelas Taeniolatus 

Pronunciation: pr-t-m-ls t-n--lt-s
Common Name(s): Red Empress
Geo. Origin: Aquarium line-bred strain of the Namalenje variety
Habitat: Sediment-free rocky habitat
Diet: Herbivore
Gender Differences: Dimorphic
Breeding: Maternal Mouthbrooder
Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
Conspecific Temperament: Aggressive
Maximum Size: 9"
Temperature: 78 - 82°F
pH: 7.8 - 8.6
Water Hardness: Hard
Difficulty: 2

Protomelas taeniolatus namalenje aka Red Empress are a stunning fish with its blue face and bright red body they are simply breathtaking. Red empress are primarily herbivorous feeding by sucking algae from small rock pockets like most Cichlids however these are opportunistic feeders and will happily feed on plankton and invertebrates when supply is plentiful.

Aquarium behavior: Large open swimming space should be provided for this species and a small amount of rock work the substrate should be a fine grade sand. This species will hybridise with other Protomelas species so mixing them with other Protomelas species should be avoided if you do not want this to happen.

Observed spawning habits:Males will guard a flat rock quite aggressively and entice in a female to breed once bred the female will hold for a period of 28-30 days and can produce up to 40 fry.

Summary: Protomelas taeniolatus (Red Empress) are a stunning species mildly tempered most of the time are a joy to watch and they would make an excellent addition to any Hap and Aulonocara tank, but avoid mixing with females of a similar appearance as this species will hybridise. If you get the chance to own one of these spectacular looking fish jump at it you won’t be disappointed.

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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 Taeniolatus (Red Empress)

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