Nyerere's Victoria Cichlid (Pundamilia nyererei)

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Nyerere's Victoria Cichlid

Pundamilia nyererei Juvenile Male-2227.jpg
A Juvenile Male Nyerere's Victoria Cichlid

Pundamilia nyererei

95 Litres (25 US G.)

7-8 cm (2.8-3.1")




7.5 - 8.2

22 -25 °C (71.6-77°F)

6-10 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods

3-5 years



Additional names

Nyerere's Victoria Cichlid, Crimson Tide Flameback, Flameback

Additional scientific names

Haplochromis nyererei


These fish have varying colouration based on geographic location. Males are vibrant red, black, green, yellow with black belly and stripes that go from the belly up and females are drab green grey with black stripes. Males will have many more egg spots than the female typically an adult male will have around 5-10 and will normally show colour within a few months it depends on what they are stocked with, water parameters and diet. males grow faster than females and get bigger.

Tank compatibility[edit]

Males are highly aggressive during breeding and will defend their territory against any fish that comes within range.They will kill any fish that looks similar or has similar colour. even in a highly stocked tank they will be extremely aggressive towards the same species and for every male there should be at least 3-5 females due to they chase females relentlessly and can kill them off. they are best stocked with any African Cichlids that can fend for themselves they will harass any fish that doesn't stand up to them. They are normally not the aggressors in a fight but will defend their territory. Compatibility is judged on tank size. They will be fine with almost all Africans as long as the tank is larger than 284 Litres (75 US G.) with plenty of rock work. it is not recommended to put them with extremely docile Cichlids such as some Peacocks.


In the wild they primarily eat insects. Feed a varied diet with live/frozen food as well as dry foods such as New Life Spectrum Cichlid Formula.


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