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Cichlids
Aulonocara baenschi
Aulonocara "eureka"
Aulonocara hueseri
Aulonocara jocobfreibergi
Aulonocara sp."lwanda"
Aulonocara "ruby red"
Aulonocara "orange blotch"
Aulonocara rostratum
Aulonocara stuartgranti

Champsochromis caeruleus

Copadichromis azureus
Copadichromis sp. "azureus whitehead"
Copadichromis borleyi
Copadichromis sp. "mloto likoma"
Copadichromis sp. "virginalis gold"

Cynotilapia afra

Cyrtocara moorii

Dimidiochromis compressiceps
Dimidiochromis strigatus

Fossorochromis rostratus

Iodotropheus sprengerae

Labeotropheus fuelleborni
Labeotropheus trewavasae

Labidochromis caeruleus
Labidochromis sp. "caeruleus purple longnose"
Labidochromis sp. "perlmutt"

Melanochromis auratus
Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos
Melanochromis johannii

Metriaclima aurora
Metriaclima barlowi
Metriaclima callainos
Metriaclima estherae
Metriaclima fainzilberi
Metriaclima greshakei
Metriaclima hajomaylandi
Metriaclima lombardoi
Metriaclima mbenji
Metriaclima sp. "msobo"
Metriaclima zebra

Nimbochromis livingstonii
Nimbochromis polystigma
Nimbochromis venustus

Otopharynx sp."auromarginatus margrette"
Otopharynx lithobates

Placidochromis electra
Placidochromis sp."electra superior"
Placidochromis milomo
Placidochromis sp."phenochilus tanzania"

Protomelas sp."mbenji thick lips"
Protomelas ornatus
Protomelas sp."spilonotus tanzania"
Protomelas sp."steveni taiwan"
Protomelas taeniolatus

Pseudotropheus crabro
Pseudotropheus demasoni
Pseudotropheus sp. "demasoni mozambique"
Pseudotropheus sp."elongatus mpanga"
Pseudotropheus sp."elongatus ornatus"
Pseudotropheus sp."elongatus ruarwe"
Pseudotropheus sp. "flameback"
Pseudotropheus flavus
Pseudotropheus sp. "perspicax orange cap"
Pseudotropheus sp. "polit"
Pseudotropheus pulpican
Pseudotropheus saulosi
Pseudotropheus socolofi

Sciaenochromis fryeri


Tropheops sp."red cheek"

Tyrannochromis macrostoma

Facts
Lake Malawi map - northern part
Lake Malawi map - southern part

 

 

 


Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos
BOWERS & STAUFFER, 1997


Photo © Michael Persson
Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos male.

Trade names and synonyms
Melanochromis maingano.

Size
Can reach a size between 8 and 10 cm (3-4 in.).

Food
Shrimp mix.

Aquarium
At least 300 litres (65 gal).

Habitat
Rocky habitats.

Breeding
Easy to spawn like most other mbunas.

General
Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos is a rather new cichlid in the hobby. It is commonly found by the trading name Mel. sp. "maingano". Both males and females have the same nice colouration and it had become a very popular cichlid in malawi tanks. It should not be kept together with other Melanochromis because they see other along-stripped cichlid as a threat and could get rather aggressive. There is also a risk of crossbreeding when you are mixing different species from this genus.

Distribution
Found around Maingano Island. which is located directly northeast from Likoma Island.


Photo © Michael Persson
Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos brooding female.


Photo © Michael Persson
Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos

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