Maylandia barlowi

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Lake Malawi
Length : 11 cm - 4.5"
Min. length aquarium : 150 cm - 60"
English name : Golden fuscoides
Rather aggressive species that should be kept together with other rockdwellers to divide the aggression.  The aquarium should be set up with a thick sand layer and on the sides and background a lot of stones to create hiding places.  A territory is made and defended fanatic.  You should keep one male together with several females.  You can use some hard plants for decoration.

They are omnivorous but they prefer algae, mysis and cyclops.  Dry (vegetable) food is accepted as well.  In their natural habitat they feed on plankton between algae on the rocks.

Breeding is rather easy.  Up to 70 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.  After 3 weeks the young fishes leave the mouth of the mother.  From that moment they have to care for them selves.  You can raise them with baby brine shrimp and fine crushed dry food.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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