Maylandia hajomaylandi

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Lake Malawi
Length : 15 cm - 6"
Min. length aquarium : 150 cm - 60"
This fish is rather aggressive to species of their own kind.  To prevent that aggression is too large, you should keep them together with other mbunas.  You should keep one male together with several females.  The aquarium should be decorated with a substrate of fine gravel and a lot of rocks that form caves and crevices where fishes can retreat for the dominant male.

They are omnivorous but a large part of the food should be vegetable such as spirulina.  Especially species from the wild are very sensitive and can get problems with their digestion when they don't get enough vegetable food..

Breeding is easy.  When the eggs are laid they are taken in the mouth by the female immediately and fertilized by the male using the dummy egg method.  After that the female retreats between the rocks.  After 20-25 days the young fishes leave the mouth of the mother for the first time.  They are about 1 cm (0.4") at that time.  You can raise them with baby brine shrimp and fine crushed dry food.

Photo Credit

Malawis in Berlin

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