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MBUNA CICHLIDS





AFRICAN CICHLIDS ARE THE MOST COLORFUL FRESHWATER FISHES

I am sure you have heard that a hundred times. You have probably heard that the color intensity of these species is only rivaled by the color of marine tropical species.  For those who are not keeping them (till now) here is a photo showing just that. I call it a "black and yellow study on a blue background". I provided the blue plexiglass background and nature took care of the rest. What you see is a mixture of various mbunas all bearing the same basic color combination. 

The major species in this picture are (from top to bottom and left to right) : a male Melanochromis chipokae (black with light blue stripe), a female Melanochromis johanni (yellow), a male Pseudotropheus lombardoi (yellow), a male Melanochromis auratus (black with white stripe) which partially covers the bodies of two male Melanochromis johanni (black with blue stripes). 

The two yellow fishes facing opposite directions are Labidochromis caeruleus (6 months old, born in this tank). Just below you can see a female Cynotilapia mbamba (actually dark gray/brown) with two Melanochromis chipokae (4 months old, born in this tank). No photo can actually show the vivid colors these fish have. In the following pages I have included many close-up pictures to show the details 
of these remarkable fish.

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