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PostSubject: Fuelleborni   Thu Apr 10, 2008 3:16 am

Type: Tropical Freshwater
Location: Lake Malawi

Scientific Name: Labeotropheus Fuelleborni
Maximum Size: 7"
Minimum Tank Volume: 240L
Water pH: 7.8-8.6
Water Temperature: 25-28C

Labeotropheus Fuelleborni are part of the Mbuna (meaning Rock-dwelling) group of Cichlids.

They can be recognized immediately by the overhanging, fleshy snout. Males are usually bright blue with a red anal fin, females are silver-brown or orange-blotched.
This fish, like its cousin L. trewavasae is found all over the lake in many different color morphs.

Ease Of Keeping
These fish are hardy, most problems are from the aquarists not understanding how to properly set up a Rift Lake Cichlid tank.

They are not overly aggressive, but are territorial.

Males are solid blue while females are marmalade (or marbled). Males are a dark blue with orange fins, unless excited, then the blue turns a lighter shade. An orange tint is also apparent when the male gets excited. Males tend to be slightly larger than females.

Breeding Information
Prolific mouthbrooder. Does not need any special layout for breeding, but a 1M to 4F ratio is best.

Dietary Needs
Insectivore/Omnivore - a diet heavy in plant matter. Spirulina is the food of choice for this fish, with other vegetables such as frozen peas and lettuce.This fish is a heavy algae eater in the wild, scraping algae off rocks.

Common Diseases
Malawi Bloat - condition deadly to malawi cichlids. It is caused by too much protein in the diet of some cichlids

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