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Bumblebee Cichlid
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Bumblebee Cichlid (Pseudotropheus crabro)

Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Aggressive
Color Form Black, Tan, Yellow
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 76-82° F, KH 10-15, pH 7.8-8.6
Max. Size 6"
Origin Africa - Lake Malawi
Family Cichlidae
Minimum Tank Size 70 gallons
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The Bumblebee Cichlid, also known as the Hornet Cichlid, or Chameleon Cichlid comes from deepwater caves in Lake Malawi, Africa. The coloration of the Bumblebee is a golden yellow background with vertical brown to black bars running the length of its body.

The Bumblebee will do best in a cichlid community aquarium. Provide numerous rocks and caves and a sandy bottom with plenty of places to set up territories. A laterite-based substrate is ideal for this system as it will help to maintain the necessary high pH and alkalinity.

For best results in spawning, the males should be kept with at least three females. The female will spawn on a flat rock and will take the unfertilized eggs into her mouth and will follow closely behind the male until he releases the sperm to fertilize the eggs. The female will tend to the eggs for approximately three weeks before releasing the fry. The fry can then be fed newly hatched brine shrimp, daphnia, or crushed flake food.

The Bumblebee Cichlid should be fed foods rich in vegetable matter such as flake, pellet, and leafy seaweeds. Their diet should also be supplemented with meaty plankton-rich foods such as brine shrimp and bloodworms.

Approximate Purchase Size: Less than 1-1/2"

Customer Testimonials

S & J Lewis East Jordan , MI
I would like others to know that African Cichlids are great fish! They're colorful, active, and most of all they're easy keepers! For those thinking of trying them go for it!! There wonderful!
Melissa C Vass , NC
My husband and I have a 90 gallon Cichlid tank and this was one of the first fish that I got...he went from less than 1" to now 6" and is my favorite! He turns solid black whenever we greet him at the glass and has such personality!
Ted S El Dorado Hills , CA
Everyone warned me about Bumblebee Cichlids as being wildly aggressive. Well, my guy is about 6 inches, by far the largest in my 125-gal tank, and is very peaceful. On occasion he will chase someone, but he is more content moving the sand around, and hovering in the middle of the tank. Goes from purple-black to striped in about 30 seconds. My favorite in the tank.
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