The Tropical Tank Homepage
Article Library Fish Index Tank Setups Forum Links
Fish Index:
Misc FW
A-Z list by
Common name
A-Z list by
Scientific name

What's New:

What's New in the Fish Index

Three new Puffer profiles.

All Updates

Site Map
About this site
Find The Tropical Tank on Facebook Follow The Tropical Tank on Twitter

Enjoyed this site?

Vote for it and
visit other ranked
aquarium sites...


Pseudotropheus crabro

Picture of Pseudotropheus crabro (bumblebee cichlid)

Photo taken at Wharf Aquatics
Photos © Sean Evans

Common name:Bumblebee cichlid
Scientific name:Pseudotropheus crabro
Synonyms:Pseudotropheus chameleo, Metriaclima/Maylandia crabro, also formerly known as Melanochromis crabro.
Size:5" (12.5cm)
Origin:Lake Malawi, East Africa
Tank setup:A large tank with many rock caves.
Compatibility:Combine with other mbuna species, quite aggressive.
Temperature:23-28oC (73-82oF)
Water chemistry:Hard and alkaline: pH 7.6-8.6 ; GH 7 plus ; KH 10-12 ideally, but at least 6.
Feeding:Omnivore, feed a varied diet of dried foods and frozen/live foods. In the wild, this species feeds on parasites of the catfish Bagrus meridionalis, and will also eat the eggs of spawning catfish.
Sexing:No obvious differences, but breeding males become much darker.
Breeding:Mouthbrooder. A secretive cave spawner.
Comments: The bright contrasting stripes of juveniles make this species a popular choice for a mbuna tank. The name "chameleo" is a trade name that refers to this species' ability to change its colour rapidly from yellow bars to a uniform dark brown.

See also the Malawi mbuna section for more detailed info on keeping and breeding the Malawi mbuna cichlids.


Malawi Cichlids Tanganyika Cichlids Dwarf Cichlids American Cichlids




[Home] [Article Library] [Fish Index] [Tank Setups] [Forum] [Site Map]


The Tropical Tank Copyright © 2000-2021 Sean Evans This website was last updated on 8th October 2021