Aquarium Species Profile: How To Care Labeotropheus Fuelleborni


Labeotropheus fuelleborni

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Labeotrophues fuelleborni pictured.  The males can have several different colorations from OB to solid blue with a red dorsal, or a bluish fish with an orange belly and side.  

  • Common Names: Also called marmalade cat
  • Locations collected from: Has a wide distribution in the lake.
  • Approximate Size: 5 – 6 inches
  • Food: Will eat pretty much any food from flake to pellet to live foods and scrap algae from the rocks in the aquarium. They did not refuse anything I fed them.
  • Water Conditions: Likes a pH between 7.5 and 8.2 with a temperature between 76 and 82 degrees.
  • Breeding Behavior: Mouthbrooder. Males only defended a territory right around spawning time.  Mine loved to have rocks and caves to hide in. They spent a lot of time swimming in and out of the caves in the aquarium.  
  • Care of the Fry: Fry can be fed crushed flake, baby brine shrimp, or other small foods. The fry is not picky and if given the same water conditions as adults should thrive.
  • Tankmates: Does well with most Malawi Cichlids and some Victorian and Tanganyikan Cichlids. I have had mine in with Dimidochromis compressiceps, Melanochromis joanjohnsonae “Exasperatus”, Nimbochromis venustus, Iodotropheus sprenerae “Rusty”, and Aristochromis christi without many problems.   I have seen them kept with Aulonocara species, several Psuedotropheus species (demasoni, OB zebra, red zebra, cobalt, and OB cobalt), and Nimbochromis livingstoni without many problems.

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