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Menarambo Cichlid or Pin Stripe Damba

Madagascar African Cichlid

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Pin Stripe Damba Cichlid Paretroplus Menarambo

The Pin Stripe Damba or Menarambo comes from Lake Sarodrano in northern Madagascar.  It was discovered by Jean-Claude Nourissat and Patrick de Rham in 1992 and is now extinct in the wild.   When young, Mearambos are a pale gold  with black dots in a pin stripe pattern. As they reach adulthood, around 4 inches or 3 years of age, they are blue/gray to almost white with black dot pin stripes.  The fins are edged in red, especially the tail.  Memarambos will need a large tank of 140 gallons or more and should be kept in schools of 6 or more to reduce aggression.

The tank should provide fine sand, driftwood and stones.  Menarambos are indifferent to plants, but since they sift sand constantly, plants are not likely to survive.  Menarambos have teeth specially designed for crushing snail shells to obtain food.  They will also eat frozen brineshrimp, bloodworms and daphnia.

Pin Stripe Damba Cichlid Paretroplus Menarambo Pin Stripe Damba Cichlid Paretroplus Menarambo

Males and females are extremely difficult to distinguish and to breed.  Cold water changes and natural light may enhance breeding.  When spawning, the pair will pale in color and darken on the underside with blue in the tail and face. They display with their head down and clean rocky areas.  Menarambos are a substrate spawner.  The eggs are laid in a pit and will adhere to surfaces such as driftwood.  The pair should be separated for spawning, as the eggs are quickly eaten by other fish in the tank despite attempts by the parents to protect them. Some sources indicate the parents themselves will eat the eggs.  Menarambos can be hybrid with Paretroplus maculates.

Pin Stripe Damba Cichlid Paretroplus Menarambo
Scientific Name: Paretroplus menarambo
Family: Cichlid
Temperature: 24 - 30 C; 75 - 86 F
pH: 7.0 - 8.0
Size: 25 cm; 10 inches
Life Span: > 6 years
Breeding: Difficult, Egg Layer


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