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


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]

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.


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]

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

Environment specifics[edit]

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.


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


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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