Rostratus Large

  • Giant Kelpfish: Solitary, Kelp Dweller (Large)
  • Red Peacock Cichlid: Active, African Beauty (Large)
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Identify Your Rostratus: Giant Kelpfish or Red Peacock Cichlid?

“Rostratus Large” can refer to two very different fish. Here’s a detailed breakdown for each possibility:

Giant Kelpfish (Clinidae)

Introduction: The Giant Kelpfish is a fascinating resident of temperate kelp forests. This solitary fish adds a touch of majesty to your tank.

Scientific Name: Clinidae sp. (Species can vary)

Water Quality: Cool, pristine saltwater with good water movement is essential. Aim for temperatures between 14-18°C (57-64°F) and stable parameters.

pH Level: 7.8-8.4

GH & KH Level: Moderate hardness is preferred. Maintain a general hardness (GH) of 8-12 dKH and a carbonate hardness (KH) of 8-12 dKH.

Feeding: Carnivorous. Offer a diet of meaty foods like chopped mysis shrimp, krill, and enriched brine shrimp.

Tank Mates: Generally peaceful, but not suitable for community tanks due to their large size. House with other peaceful coldwater fish that won’t be outcompeted for food.

Substrates & Decorations: A deep sand bed (4-6 inches) is preferred for burrowing. Provide hiding places with live rock and kelp-like structures.

Suitable Plants: Kelp or other macroalgae can be added to replicate their natural habitat.

Sexing & Breeding: Difficult to distinguish visually. Breeding in captivity is uncommon.

Maximum Size & Longevity: These are the largest members of the Clinidae family, reaching up to 3 feet (1 meter) in length. With proper care, they can live for 10-15 years.

Behavior: Solitary and relatively inactive swimmers. They spend most of their time hovering near kelp fronds or hiding in rock crevices.

Things to Consider Before Buying:

  • Tank Size: Giant Kelpfish require a large, mature tank (over 400 gallons) to accommodate their size and specific water quality needs.
  • Experience Level: These fish are suitable for experienced aquarists due to their specific temperature and tank requirements.
  • Diet: Providing a varied diet of meaty foods is crucial.

General Information: Native to temperate kelp forests off the coasts of North America, South America, South Africa, and Australia.

Fun Fact: Giant Kelpfish have a unique “walking” motion using their pectoral fins to navigate the kelp forest floor.

Red Peacock Cichlid (Fossorochromis rostratus)

Introduction: The vibrant Red Peacock Cichlid is a stunning African Cichlid known for its fiery red coloration.

Scientific Name: Fossorochromis rostratus

Water Quality: Stable, hard alkaline water is ideal. Aim for a pH of 7.5-8.5, a general hardness (GH) of 8-12 dKH, and a carbonate hardness (KH) of 8-12 dKH. Maintain a temperature range of 24-29°C (75-84°F).

Feeding: Omnivorous. Offer a varied diet of high-quality flakes, pellets, frozen bloodworms, and occasional algae wafers.

Tank Mates: Semi-aggressive. House with other African Cichlids of similar size and temperament. Avoid housing them with peaceful fish.

Substrates & Decorations: A sandy substrate with plenty of caves and rock formations for hiding is preferred.

Suitable Plants: Hardy aquarium plants like Anubias or Vallisneria can be added, but they may be nibbled on.

Sexing & Breeding: Males are more colorful and have a longer snout. Breeding can occur in captivity, but it requires a well-matched pair and specific tank setups.

Maximum Size & Longevity: These Cichlids can reach up to 12 inches (30 cm) in length. With proper care, they can live for 10-15 years.

Behavior: Active swimmers with a territorial streak. Males will display vibrant colors to attract females and defend their territory.

Things to Consider Before Buying:

  • Tank Size: Red Peacock Cichlids require a large tank (over 55 gallons) to accommodate their activity level and potential aggression.
  • Tank Mates: Carefully choose tank mates that can handle their semi-aggressive nature.
  • Water Parameters: Maintaining stable water chemistry with a higher pH and hardness is crucial.

General Information: Native to Lake Malawi in East Africa.


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Potential of Hydrogen

pH Level Aquarium pH measures water acidity/alkalinity. 7 is neutral. Fish have pH preferences; maintain ideal levels for their health and stability.

7.8 – 8.4

General Hardness

GH Level GH (General Hardness) in aquariums measures minerals like calcium and magnesium. It affects fish health by showing water\'s mineral content.

8 – 12 dGH

Carbonate Hardness

KH Level KH (Carbonate Hardness) in an aquarium stabilizes pH. It acts like a shield, keeping the water conditions just right for fish.

8 – 12 dKH


Temperature Ideal temperature needed for fish

14°C – 18°C

How long will I live

Life Span

10 – 15 Years

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