Fast facts on Pseudotropheus elongatus "Luhuchi Rock"
Biotope: In Lake Malawi, the genus Pseudotropheus occurs almost everywhere. Pseudotropheus elongatus is a "distinguished" species showing a more slender, and elongated, body. This given specimen is endemic to "Luhuchi Rock" on the Tanzanian coast of the lake, where I got it in my 1997 trip to the lake.
Tank: I use a 360 lt (about 95 US gals) tank after a short initial period during which I housed them in a 130 lt (about 35 Us gas). Aquascaping is in the typical Lake Malawi fashion: a thin layer of sand at bottom, rocks, rocks and more rocks piled one on the other till the surface. Moderate plantation (allthough this is not present in its original biotope) will help fishes to thrive. I use Anubias barteri (var. nana), Vallisneria (likely V. aethiopica) and, possibly, Ceratophillum (sp.) which got from Lake Malawi during my 1999 visit.
Water chemistry: Alkaline environment, do not forget this is a genuine Lake Malawi cichlid. Thrives in frequently changed water even if this will result in a lower algae growth. All M'buna in wild feed on the algae cover by continuously, scratching it.
Spawning: I haven't got any spawning after almost two years of keeping it in my tank(s); must add I'm NOT that sure the "supposed" female is actually female. I suppose they'll act like all other members of the genus: "circling" courting behavior, laying eggs in a sand nest where fertilization takes place, female holding about three weeks, before release.
Food: Mostly vegetarian. I use to feed them, beside flakes and pellets, a "self-made" mixture containing: peas, zucchini, pumkin, squid, octopus, spirulina (all "steam-cooked") and a spoon of "crushed" Parmigiano cheese, stir well everything and put in the refrigerator. Black mosquito larvae (live) are (not very often) offered as a "snack".
Tank Mates: All M'bunas are the best choice, preferably avoid larger specimens (not my own experience). Never tried it with Utakas but I'll give it a try only with the bravest. Among others it is worth to remember the catfishes: both the (also endemic in Lake Malawi) Synodontis nyassae and the suckermouth catfishes (Ancistrus and Golden Nugget to name a few. I keep four ot the latter in that tank) allthough not present in its natural biotope.
See next page for photos of a breeding pair.