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Melanochromis baliodigma



Picture of Melanochromis baliodigma (Melanochromis sp. Blotch)
© Sean Evans

Common name:
Scientific name:Melanochromis baliodigma
Synonyms:Melanochromis sp. "Blotch"
Size:4" (10cm)
Origin:Lake Malawi, East Africa
Tank setup:A large tank with many rock caves.
Compatibility:Combine with other larger mbuna species.
Temperature:23-28oC (73-82oF)
Water chemistry:Hard and alkaline: pH 7.6-8.6 ; GH 7 plus ; KH 10-12 ideally, but at least 6.
Feeding:Carnivorous: feed frozen/live foods along with flake/granular foods.
Sexing:Males in breeding colouration show a horizontal striping, similar to many other Melanochromis.
Breeding:Mouthbrooder, see general article linked below.
Comments: In the wild, this species feeds mainly on invertebrates, and also eats the larvae and fry of the catfish Bagrus meridionalis.

See also the Malawi mbuna section for more detailed info on keeping and breeding the Malawi mbuna cichlids.

 

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