Bluegrey Mbuna Cichlid Pseudotropheus/Melanochromis johannii

Bluegrey Mbuna Cichlid
Bluegrey Mbuna Cichlid
Bluegrey Mbuna Cichlid
The Bluegrey Mbuna Cichlid (also called Electric Blue Johanni in the aquarium trade) is native to shallow rocky areas of Masinje Rocks and Cape Ngombo on the east (Mozambique) side of Lake Malawi in East Africa.
Bluegrey Mbuna Cichlid
Bluegrey Mbuna Cichlid
Bluegrey Mbuna Cichlid
Adult males are blue or grey with black horizontal lines (above right with a Powder Blue Pindani). They grow to 8cm (3 inches) long.
Bluegrey Mbuna Cichlid
Bluegrey Mbuna Cichlid
Bluegrey Mbuna Cichlid
Females and juveniles are yellow with orange-brown lines. Like many Malawi cichlids, females are mouth brooders, meaning they will guard their fertilised eggs in their mouth until they hatch.
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Maingano Cichlid Pseudotropheus/Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos/maingano

Maingano Cichlid
Maingano Cichlid
Maingano Cichlid
Above is the close relative of the Bluegrey Mbuna, the Maingano Cichlid, also from Lake Malawi, from the northeastern shore of Likoma Island. It is said to be a little darker with slightly more sharply defined black and blue lines, but is difficult to tell blue adults apart (without DNA evidence). Its habits are similar but females and juveniles are blue/black not yellow. Males are more colourful than females/juveniles. They grow to 10cm (4 inches) long, larger than the Bluegrey Mbuna.