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Maylandia greshakei

Scientific name: Maylandia greshakei
Previous name: Pseudotropheus greshakei
Trade name: Pseudotropheus ice blue
Natural habitat: Rocky environments and reefs.
Food in the lake: Plankton from the open water
Food in the aquarium: A mix of quality pellets, flakes, krill, artemia, etc fed sparingly. No mammal meat!
Behaviour in my aquarium: The dominant male defends his territory mainly against cichlids of his own kind. This can't be compared though with the determination that some other species in my Mbuna tank tend to show.
Tank mates: Can be kept with other mid-sized Mbuna with preferably another colour pattern to reduce mutual aggression. Always be careful to prevent crossbreeding with similar species. There are already more than enough *mixed assorted African cichlids* in this world that are impossible to identify.
Aquarium: At least a tank of  >300L with a sufficient amount of rocks and caves. A sand bottom, pH between 7.5 - 8.5, temperature about 25°C


 
2 males
Maylandia greshakei in my Mbuna aquarium


Personal notes:

Maylandia greshakei is one of the Mbuna that appealed me right from the start of my *cichlid career*. Up till now I had not yet kept them in one of my tanks, but after visiting a shop that had them on their stock list I was easily persuaded to buy a small group of these beautiful animals. Especially the orange dorsal fin combined with the light blue body on the dominant male makes them very attractive to me. This compensates in a high degree that the females are only dull brow-grey fish. Their aggression is only moderate, especially when you take the super dominant Maylandia msobo in mind.


Swimming in the upper part of the aquarium.

Click on the thumbnail for a high resolution image

Click on the thumbnail for a high resolution image. Text and photos (except the last one) by Frank Panis. Bottom photo by Dave Laubach.
 

Text and photos by Frank Panis / MCH

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