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Metriaclima lombardoi

Picture of Maylandia / Metriaclima lombardoi, juvenile

Juvenile/female colouration, Photo taken at Wharf Aquatics
© Sean Evans

Common name:Kenyi cichlid
Scientific name:Metriaclima lombardoi
Synonyms:Maylandia lombardoi, also formerly known as Pseudotropheus lombardoi.
Size:4-5" (10-12.5cm)
Origin:Lake Malawi, East Africa
Tank setup:A large tank with many rock caves.
Compatibility:Quite an aggressive species, combine with other larger or more aggressive mbuna species in a large tank.
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:An omnivore which normally feeds on aufwuchs and plankton. Feed a varied diet which includes a vegetable component.
Sexing:Juveniles and females are blue (see photo), while males turn yellow at around 2"/5cm.
Breeding:Mouthbrooder, see general article linked below.
Comments: Due to a technicality with scientific naming conventions, there is still some debate as to whether Maylandia or Metriaclima is the valid name for this genus. The name Maylandia existed prior to Metriaclima, which means it would normally take priority. However, several authors (including Ad Konings), believe that Maylandia was not properly defined in the original description, and is hence invalid.

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


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