Pseudotropheus johannii

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Lake Malawi
Length : 12 cm - 5"
Min. length aquarium : 120 cm - 50"
English names : Blue Johanaii, Bluegray mbuna, Cobalt Cichlid
Males of this fish are very intolerant to each other.  You should keep one male together with several females to divide the aggression.  The aquarium should be set up with stones and rocks to create crevices and caves.  Some hard plants can be used for decoration as well.  A territory is made.

You should give them live food.  When they are born in the aquarium you can accustom them to to frozen and dry food.

Breeding is easy.  Up to 35 eggs are laid.  Immediately after that the female takes the eggs in her mouth.  The eggs are fertilized by the male using the dummy egg method.  After that the female retires between the rocks.  She broods the eggs for 18-24 days, and guards the fry for one week after leaving her mouth. The young can be fed with baby brine shrimp .

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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