Maingano Cichlid

African Cichlid | Maingano Cichlid

Log in to view prices Log in to view prices Log in to view prices Sale

If ordering a large quantity of a variety of fish, save time on order entry by using our Bulk Order Form!

(Please note that the fish shown in the photo is only a representative of what an adult specimen would look like. The color may vary based on the age and sex of the fish you receive.)

Scientific Name:  Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos

Common Name: Maingano Cichlid, Electric Blue Cichlid

Adult Size: 4 inches

Life Expectancy: 10 years

Habitat: Lake Malawi, Africa

Minimum Tank Size: 70 gallons

Ideal Tank Conditions: 

  • Temperature Range: 78°F
  • pH Range: 7.0 - 8.0
  • Hardness Range: 10 - 15

    Temperament: Aggressive

    Diet & Nutrition: Carnivore, requires a lot of protein to function. Frozen or live food like bloodworms is ideal, but they can handle pellets or flakes formulated for their palate.

    Breeding & Spawning: The female lays eggs (between 20 and 50) on a flat surface and waits for a male to fertilize them. Since they are a “mouth breeder” species, the female will incubate the fertilized eggs in her mouth until they’re ready to hatch.

    Gender: Difficult to sex as both males and females share the same color and pattern. However, mature males are often larger and may be slightly more intensely colored.