Psuedotropheus elongatus “Likoma” pictured.
- Common Names: Occasionally common names such as ornatus, jewel spot, red, thin line hongi, Ndumbi gold likoma, and yellow tail avanti, and ruarwe will be used along with the names of the collection locations.
- Locations collected from: Likoma, Chewere, Chitande Island (elongatus chailosi), elongatus ruarwe is collected at Charo, Lundo Island, Kakusa in Malawi, and Wikihi in Mozambique and multiple other locations. Psuedotropheus ornatus is collected at Makulawe Point and Ndumbi Rocks.
- Approximate Size: Males reach a size of about 5 inches with females closer to 4 inches.
- Food: Are not picky. Will eat flake, brine shrimp, daphnia, mosquito larvae, pellets, as well as scraping algae from the rocks in the aquarium.
- Water Conditions: Prefers temperatures between 76 and 82 degrees F and a pH between 7.6 and 8.2.
- Breeding Behavior: Mouthbrooder. They will dig a cave or spawning site in the substrate and defend their territories very aggressively. Males will chase the females so several females for 1 male and lots of rocks are recommended. My average spawn for Psuedotropheus elongatus “Yellow Tail Avanti” was between 25 and 30 fry for my adult females.
- Tankmates: Most Mbuna should do well. My Psuedotropheus elongatus “Yellow Tail Avanti” were kept with Psuedotropheus lombardoi “Kenyi”, Placidochromis electra, Melanochromis chipokae, Aulonocara hansbaenschi “Red Shoulder”, Labidochromis caeruleus, Labidochromis sp. hongi “Red Top Kimpuma”, Protomelas fenestratus. My Psuedotropheus elongatus “Likoma” were kept with Haplochromis sp. ruby green, Melanochromis auratus, Psuedotropheus estherae “Red Zebra”, Psuedotropheus aurora, and Labidochromis chisumulae without many problems.