Yellow Tail Acei (Pseudotropheus acei)

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Yellow Tail Acei

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Two Juveniles

Pseudotropheus acei

208 Litres (55 US G.)

12.7-15.2cm (5-6 ")




7.8 - 8.6

25.6-27.8°C (78 -82 °F)

15-25 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Other (See article)

5-12 years



Additional names

Yellow-Tailed Acei, Yellow Tail Acei

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Males will have 3 or more yellow egg spots while females will have only one if any. Males tend to be slightly larger than females.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Keep with other African Cichlids from Lake Malawi, these seem to be slightly less aggressive than others though, so a highly aggressive environment is probably not suited for them.

Diet[edit | edit source]

In the wild these Cichlids feed on loose algae from rocks. They should be given a vegetarian diet that is low in protein. Algae wafers, algae flakes and blanched zucchini are all acceptable.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed twice a day, or 3 times a day for juveniles.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Provide lots of caves and a sandy substrate for digging. As with most Malawi Cichlids, the Yellow Tail Acei prefer hard water alkaline water with Cichlid Salts.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

As with most African Cichlid species, this fish is aggressive and is not suitable for a community tank.

Identification[edit | edit source]

This fish has a vibrant violet coloured body with yellow fins and tail. The anal fin is white and has egg spots.

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