Melanochromis vermivorus

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Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Lake Malawi
Length : 15 cm - 6"
Min. length aquarium : 140 cm - 55"
English name : Purple Mbuna
Rather peaceful fish.  Only in breeding times he becomes aggressive and intolerant to species of their own kind and other fishes.  The aquarium should be decorated on the sides and background with a lot of stones and rocks that form caves and crevices.  Some plants can be used as well.  In the middle you should leave enough free swimming space.  A territory is made.  You should keep one male and several females.

You should give them live food such as mosquito-larvae and Tubifex.  A part of the food should be vegetable.  Frozen and dry food are accepted as well.

Breeding is rather easy,  20-40 eggs are laid.  Immediately after that they are taken in the mouth by the female.  They are fertilized by the male using the dummy egg method.  The female retires behind the rocks.  After hatching the young fishes return to the mouth of the mother when they are in danger another week.  You can raise them with baby brine shrimp.

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Exotic Cichlids

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