Metriaclima callainos - Cobalt Blue Cichlid - Second Nature Aquariums

Metriaclima callainos – Cobalt Blue Cichlid

Cobalt Blue

Common name: Cobalt Blue
Latin name: Metriaclima callainos
Synonyms: Pseudotropheus callainos
Similar fish: Other Metriaclima species
Size: Usually 10-15cm. Sometimes larger.
Water chemistry: pH 7.5-8.5; GH 100 – 300ppm; Temperature 23 – 28?C
Natural habitat: Lake Malawi, Africa. Widespread in rocky habitats.
Aquarium care: Easy to keep. Like most Metriaclima, M.callainos can be quite aggressive. Keep them somewhat crowded and provide plenty of hiding places to minimise aggression. Rarely suffers from any diseases but is susceptible to bloat. Maintain clean water, stress-free conditions and feed a good quality food such as New Life Spectrum to avoid bloat issues. An occasional light feeding of brineshrimp is fine but is unnecessary if feeding a good quality prepared food.
Breeding: Mouthbrooding egg-layer. May hybridize with other Mbuna.
Other info: Both genders of this species are blue but males more intensely so. In the wild there are various M.callainos colour morphs including white, pearly and Orange Blotch. Blue is the only commonly seen morph.

01 September 2012 by SNadmin
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