Pseudotropheus lombardoi
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Pseudotropheus lombardoi

Common Names: Kenyii
Family: Cichlidae
Category: Cichlids
Distribution: Africa; Lake Malawi, Africa.
Main Ecosystem: Rift Lake; Rift Lake
Temperament: Territorial; Agressive.
Diet: Herbivore; Herbivore
Care: Feed with vegetable flakes, algae, and small fish. Do not clean the algae from the back and side glass as this forms a large part of Pseudotropheus lombardoi's diet. Frequent water changes are needed as Pseudotropheus lombardoi is sensitive to nitrate levels. A large tank is recommended as if there is more than one male in your tank two large territories will have to be defined.
8 - 8.5
24°C - 28°C
75°F - 82°F
10 dH - 20 dH
Potential Size: Male: 12cm (4.7")
Female: 12cm (4.7")
Water Region: All; All
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Females are blue with black bars, males are yellow.
Breeding: Easy. Pseudotropheus lombardoi are mouth breeders. With a constant supply of good food the females will be kept busy constantly. The fry are released from their mother's mouth after 3 weeks.
Comments: Under stress the female may become so pale as to be confused with the male. This fish requires special care if the intention is to integrate it into a multi-species Mbuna setup, because the 'typical' gender colour difference (blue male, yellow female) found in many other Pseudotropheus species is REVERSED in this fish. The need to keep one male with several females therefore poses integration problems as females of this species can resemble males of other Pseudotropheus species. The reversed sexual colouration was highlighted in the article first describing this species by Warren. E. Burgess in Tropical Fish Hobbyist magazine (October 1977), which contains a full taxonomic description with holotype and paratype references.
Main Colours: Blue, Black
Markings: Striped Vertical
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Flat
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