peaceful species, one of the most common species in the hobby mainly
due to its bright colors and the mild temperament which makes it
suitable for most community tanks. Will regularly feed on the algae
from the rocks. A shy fish will hide all day if there is too much
tension in the tank. The spawn frequently but are among the least
productive of mbuna. It is quite rare to see more than 5-8 young
fish in each fry. Experienced fish may carry as much as 25
bright yellow color makes a nice contrast to the green of the plants
and matches the yellow color of other mbuna to create a color theme.
It is really a joy to see the Pseudotropheus lombardoi (male), the
female Melanochromis auratus and their fry, the female Melanochromis
johanni and fry, the female Melanochromis chipokae and fry all being
yellow in the same tank with the labidos. The presence of the yellow
is a perfect complementary to the blue and black of the other fishes
creating a really vivid tank. Minimum tank size : 100 cm / 120
liters for a species tank. Lots of hiding spaces - a shy species.
Males can usually be distinguished by their wider black stripe in
their dorsal, pelvic and anal fins (compare the bottom photo to the
Jan.2000 by John Reclos - See next
page for more photos.