- Description: Males can be a blue fish with a red dorsal fin, or a light blue fish with different shades of blue spots, or a pale yellow fish with the different shades of blue spots, or a golden rusty color with a pale blue dorsal, or a blue with light black barring on the body and face and black in the fins, to an almost all yellow body with the blue dorsal and blue in the fins depending on location. Females are a pinkish orange color.
- 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. My male-only defended a territory right around spawning time. The only time the male chased the females was right around the time they spawned. They spent alot of time swimming in and out of the caves in the aquarium. Spawn size is between 30 and 40 fry for an adult female.
- Care of the Fry: Fry can be fed crushed flake, baby brine shrimp or other small foods. The fry are not picky and if given the same water conditions adults they should thrive.
- Tankmates: Does well with most Malawi Cichlids and some Victorian and Tanganyikan Cichlids. I have had mine in with Aulonocara jacobfreibergi, Aulonocara hansbaenschi “Red Shoulder”, Labidochromis caeruleus, Labidochromis sp. Hongi, Placidochromis electra, Melanochromis chipokae, Psuedotropheus elongatus “Yellow Tail Avanti”, Protomelas fenestratus, Psuedotropheus lombardoi “Kenyi”, Psuedotropheus zebra OB, Psuedotropheus saulosi, Astatotilapia calliptera, Haplochromis obliquidens, Neolamprologus brichardi, and Neolamprologus cylindricus without many problems.