Melanochromis chipokae

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Lake Malawi
Length : 15 cm - 6"
Min. length aquarium : 150 cm - 60"
In a smaller aquarium this fish is rather aggressive to species of their own kind and to other species.  The aquarium should be decorated on the sides and background with a lot of stones and rocks till the watersurface that form caves and crevices.  Some plants can be used as well.  In the middle you should leave enough free swimming space.

They are omnivorous.  You should give them a great variety of live, frozen and dry food.

Breeding is very easy.  After the eggs are laid, the female takes the eggs in her mouth immediately.  They are fertilized by the male using the dummy egg method.  It is wise to remove the female to a separate aquarium so she can raise her children in peace. 

Photo Credit
Russell Carroll

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