Labidochromis_chisumulae

Labidochromis chisumulae endemic to Chisumulu Island in Lake Malawi

Photo by Mitja Mavsar The Labidochromis chisumulae is a popular cichlid for the home aquarium. The males grow to 3½” and are usually colored a beautiful light blue with several dark vertical bands distributed across the body and several yellow egg spots on the anal fin. The females reach a smaller size of about 2½” and are cream colored with much paler vertical bands. These cichlids are found in rocky areas where they hunt for smaller crustaceans and insect larvae. Thus, their aquarium habitat should also feature many rocks and […] Read more »

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Powder Blue cichlid (Pseudotropheus socolofi)

Pseudotropheus socolofi, also known as the Powder Blue cichlid or Pindani, is a fairly well-known and popular fish among the cichlid community. Both males and females of the species have a light blue body with the males usually having a brighter blue sheen. Both sexes also display egg spots on the anal fin with the males again having brighter, more sharply defined coloration. The dorsal fin usually has a dark band with a lighter edge and the body may contain several darker vertical “stripes.” Males will grow up to 5 […] Read more »

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Red Zebra (Pseudotropheus estherae)

Another very popular aquarium fish that comes from Lake Malawi is the Pseudotropheus estherae or Red Zebra. Because these cichlids are so brightly colored and constantly on the go, they are truly aquatic entertainers. The males of this species have a light blue body with several darker vertical “stripes” and bright yellow egg spots on their anal fins. Contrastingly, the females are colored a brilliant orange. In general, Red Zebras will grow to 4-5 inches in length. Red Zebras are found in rocky areas and their aquarium habitat should also […] Read more »

Labidochromis-caeruleus

Yellow or blue? Labidochromis caeruleus

Many aquarists recognize the bright yellow coloration of Labidochromis caeruleus but it can also be found in a rarely seen blue and white form. This Lake Malawi cichlid will not only add beautiful color to your aquarium but it is also easy to care for and breed, as far as cichlids are concerned. The males of this species grow up to 5” while the females reach up to 3” in length. Although both sexes are predominantly yellow, females tend to be a paler shade of yellow and males also have […] Read more »