Tropical Fish for Freshwater Aquariums: Kenyi Cichlid
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Kenyi Cichlid
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Kenyi Cichlid (Metriaclima lombardoi)

Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Aggressive
Color Form Black, Blue, Yellow
Diet Herbivore
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 50 gallons
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Overview

The Kenyi Cichlid, Metriaclima lombardoi, is an aggressive medium sized cichlid that originates from the rocky shores of Lake Malawi in Africa. The female is blue with black bars and the male turns to a yellow color as it matures.

The Kenyi Cichlid is ideally kept in a 50 gallon or larger aquarium decorated with plenty of rocks and caves in order to provide adequate hiding places for these territorial fish.

The male is sexually mature when the full yellow color is achieved, and reproduction in this species is considered easy compared to other cichlids. They are a mouth brooding species and the fry are released from the female's mouth in about 3 weeks after fertilization. Feed the fry baby brine shrimp and finely ground flake food.

The Kenyi should be given a diet containing vegetable-based foods. Feed a quality vegetable-based flake food, algae, and other foods designed for African Cichlids.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2"; Medium: 2" to 3"

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Customer Testimonials

Shilo C Ballwin , MO
Lovely Cichlids. Juveniles are all bright blue. Males turn egg-yolk yellow, and females remain blue. They make a great addition to any Cichlid tank, and play well with others!
Sachin R Newwark , NJ
They often try to dig up sand or stones and are very active. They make a great pet and are very easy to take care. They often try to eat large amounts of food.
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