My new Protomelas Red Empress male

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My new Protomelas Red Empress male

Post by football mom on Sun Jun 13, 2010 9:50 pm

I picked the American strain of Red Empress, rather than the European strain "Super Red Empress" because I liked the how the blue head fades to purple then to the orangey red of the body.

I noticed when he's a little spooked, the juvinile bars show, as in this picture:





When you sort of sneak up on him, you don't see the bars. I think he looks pretty good for one day in his new home.
Two of his females are in the left of the picture.





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Re: My new Protomelas Red Empress male

Post by Rift_Lakes_Rule on Sun Jun 13, 2010 10:04 pm

Very nice J!!! He's a keeper Wink

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Re: My new Protomelas Red Empress male

Post by theswede on Mon Jun 14, 2010 1:18 am

That Red Empress looks great J! How many did you get?
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Post by Aura on Mon Jun 14, 2010 10:19 am

He's really going to look good when he settles in!
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Post by nitroloser on Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:09 am

very nice and with them females hes gotta be happy
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Re: My new Protomelas Red Empress male

Post by cichlidman on Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:51 am

Very nice Male, and females..

My big male does not show this much red.
He is in a all male tank.

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Post by iceblue on Mon Jun 14, 2010 2:24 pm

Very nice J. He looks like he'll be a stunner.
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Re: My new Protomelas Red Empress male

Post by football mom on Mon Jun 14, 2010 4:57 pm

Thanks, everyone. I had a hard time making up my mind! I was looking at peacocks, but kept coming back to him!
I got the male and 3 females.
I hope I'll see some breeding soon. (crossing fingers)

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Re: My new Protomelas Red Empress male

Post by cichlidman on Tue Jun 15, 2010 3:50 pm

Here's my male..
2 different angles shows different colors..



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Re: My new Protomelas Red Empress male

Post by football mom on Tue Jun 15, 2010 5:47 pm

Wow, he is gorgeous! How big is he?

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Post by cichlidman on Tue Jun 15, 2010 6:02 pm

A little over 7 inches..

Thank you.
He is in a all male tank, and does not show his color much.
Throw him in with a female he brightens up.

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Post by football mom on Tue Jun 15, 2010 8:46 pm

Mine is still a pretty small guy, maybe 4-5 inches?

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Re: My new Protomelas Red Empress male

Post by theswede on Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:19 pm

I´ve read somewhere that P. taeniolatus males can be very tough on there females, so it´s probably a good thing that you got 3 females. I hope you succed to breed this species because they are stunning fish.
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Post by theswede on Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:20 pm

Awesome looking male Roger!
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