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Melanochromis johanni

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A variable species though typically males are larger, striped blue in colour, and have egg spots on the anal fin, whereas females are smaller and tend towards being orange or yellow in colour.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Like other Melanochromis this is a very aggressive fish best kept on its own in a harem-type setup with one male and several females. Males are likely to view any other cichlid with similar colouration as a potential rival, and not just their own species. Primarily a planktivore, it appreciates a variety of different prepapred and frozen foods. Breeding similar to Melanochromis auratus. Because of its small size, it should not be mixed with substantially larger and more aggressive tankmates.

Family Group: African Cichlids
Distribution Lake Malawi, Africa
Temperature 23-28C
Size Around 10-12 cm
Water Parameters Alkaline conditions are necessary
Water PH 7.0-8.5