member of the Melanochromis genus although in this case the "Melas"
(black) is not applicable. However, the species name is far more
descriptive (cyaneo=blue & rhabdos=bar). The fish is a typical mbuna
growing to 10 cm. Water parameters are the same as with all mbuna.
This species is an omnivore and will readily accept any dry food
offered. It is a member of the
M. Johanni complex and is closely related to the typical johanni. It
stays small, like the johanni. A major difference is the lack of
sexual dimorphism. Aggression is about the same level as the typical
johanni as well. I imagine you could probably keep a group of one
male and three females in a small 30 gallon tank as long as it is
heavily furnished. They are getting along well in my tank so far.
Hopefully they won't get much more aggressive as they get bigger.
Some of them have already started to dig pits. More information to be
added in the near future.
Information from other sources:
(formerly known as Melanochromis "maingano" or misspelled as "manigano").
This species is endemic to a small region on the northeast shore of
Likoma Island from Mbako Point to Membe Point (Maingano is a village
on this stretch of shoreline), feeding on benthic invertebrates and
zooplankton (Ribbink et al., 1983: 207)."
"According to Bowers &
Stauffer (1997: 53-54), M. cyaneorhabdos ...[M]ay be distinguished
from other members of this genus, except M. johannii Eccles, 1973, by
the dark navy-blue ground color with a pale blue stripe running from
the dorsal region of the caudal fin to the interorbital bar and a pale
blue stripe running from the ventral region of the caudal fin to the
pectoral region. Breeding M. cyaneorhabdos males tend to have an
overall bluish hue, whereas M. johannii males tend to be almost black
rather than blue. Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos tends to have more gill
rakers on the first epibranchial (9-11) than does M. johannii (8-9;
Text and Photos by Owen Hoffman.