Pseudotropheus cyaneorhabdos
 

82F
Explanation of the symbols

77F

Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Lake Malawi
Length : 10 cm - 4"
Min. length aquarium : 120 cm - 50"
English name : Electric Blue Johanni
Males of this fish are extremely aggressive to each other, so it is wise to keep one male together with several females.  You should not keep them together with other Melanochromis, because then there is the same aggression and you have the danger of unwanted crossbreeding.  The aquarium should be decorated on the sides and background with a lot of rocks  and stones that form caves and crevices.

In their natural habitat they feed on protozoa between the algae on the rocks.  In the aquarium you can give them brine shrimp and vegetable food such as Spirulina. 

Breeding is rather easy.  Up to 30 eggs are laid.  Immediately after that the female takes the eggs in her mouth.  They are fertilized by the male using the dummy egg method.  Then the female retires between the rocks.  After 21 days the young fishes leave the mouth of the mother and have to care for them selves. 

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems


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