Mbuna

Mbuna means rock fish, and as the name implies, Cichlids that live among the rocks built up along the rocky shores of Lake Malawi.

Mbuna are a hardy, active and colorful torpedo shaped Cichlid. Many species of Mbuna are monomorphic like the Chindongo saulosi, for example, where the females as well as the males show striking colors and are a sight in species-only set up.
Other Mbuna like the Pseudotropheus “red top” Ndumbi, for example, are dimorphic with the males only showing color while the females are a brown or greyish color.
Labeotropheus and some Metriaclima species have many beautiful MCat males and OB females that are very popular with hobbyists and breeders.

Mbuna in general are aggressive and like all other rift lake species the level of aggression is different from specie to specie.​
Labidochromis species would be less aggressive than your Metriaclima Zebra species for example. Melanochromis Auratus are among highly aggressive species compared to most other Mbuna so care should always be given when selecting Mbuna as not all are compatible.

Dwarf Mbuna like the very popular Demasoni max out at 3.5″-4″ and bigger Mbuna like Petrotilapia max out at 7″-8″.
Mbuna exhibit strong social behavior and establish a clearly visible social hierarchy including well defined and enforced territories. A dominant male maintains and guards his territory, only allowing females to enter this territory for breeding purposes.​
Given the vast differences in size and aggression levels, it’s best to keep Mbuna in large groups and set up an aquarium that fits their needs with plenty of rock work with a sandy substrate.

Most Mbuna are fiesty feeders and will accept a quality flake or pellet with fresh vegetables like romaine lettuce and sliced cucumbers as a treat.​
Many Mbuna are herbivores but not all. Some are omnivores and would appreciate more protein in the diet.
For your Mbunas’ longevity try to use proven foods with quality ingredients and avoid foods with increased filler.

Mbuna are not a hard species to breed but care must be taken to select the right group with the proper sized aquarium and decor.
In the proper conditions, a mbuna group will spawn quite regularly.

I don’t reccomend blindy mixing different mbuna species as it will usually end with overstressed and sickly fish leading to losses and frustration.​
Mbuna can really make a tank stand out with their nonstop activity and beautiful colors so let us help you pick the right Mbuna for your aquarium

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Chindongo demasoni Pombo Rocks
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Chindongo flavus
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Chindongo saulosi
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Cynotilapia white top hara Gallirea Reef
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Cynotilapia zebroides(afra) Cobue/Mozambique
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Cynotilapia zebroides(afra) Jalo Reef
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Iodotropheus sprengerae
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Labeotropheus fulleborni blue eastern Eccles Reef
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Labeotropheus trewavasae ochre Chilumba
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Labeotropheus trewavasae red top Tumbi West
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Labeotropheus trewavasae Tumbi West OB
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Labidochromis caeruleus white Nkhata Bay
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Labidochromis Hongi “red top deluxe”
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Labidochromis sp. mbamba
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Labidochromis yellow Kakusa
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Melanochromis auratus
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Melanochromis parallelus
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Metriaclima callainos bright blue
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Metriaclima callainos white pearl Ruarwe
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Metriaclima estherae MC/OB
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Metriaclima fainzilberi Luwino Reef
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Metriaclima fainzilberi Maisoni Reef
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Metriaclima lombardoi
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Metriaclima pulpican
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Metriaclima zebra long pelvic Chesese
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Metriaclima zebra Masinje
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Pseudotropheus acei Luwala
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Pseudotropheus elongatus Chewere
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Pseudotropheus elongatus Mpanga
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Pseudotropheus elongatus neon spot
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Pseudotropheus red top Ndumbi
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Pseudotropheus socolofi albino
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Pseudotropheus socolofi Mara Point
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Pseudotropheus williamsi north Makonde(blue lips)
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Tropheops Chilumba orange
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Tropheops sp. „red cheek“ Likoma
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Mbuna Hybrids

Pseudotropheus lightfire
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