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Maylandia lombardoi

Picture of Maylandia / Metriaclima lombardoi Picture of Maylandia / Metriaclima lombardoi, juvenile
Common nameKenyi
Scientific name Metriaclima lombardoi
SynonymsMaylandia lombardoi, also formerly known as Pseudotropheus lombardoi (old genus name).
Size4-5" (10-12.5cm)
OriginLake Malawi, East Africa
Tank setupA larger tank with many rock caves
CompatibilityQuite an aggressive species, combine with other larger or more aggressive mbuna species in a large tank
Temperature23-28oC (73-82oF)
Water chemistryHard and alkaline: pH 7.6-8.6 ; GH 7 plus ; KH 10-12
FeedingAn omnivore which normally feeds on aufwuchs and plankton. Feed a varied diet which includes a vegetable component.
SexingJuveniles and females are blue (see photo), while males turn yellow at around 2"/5cm.
BreedingMouthbrooder, see general article linked below.
Comments Due to a technicality with scientific naming conventions, there is still some debate as to whether Maylandia or Metriaclima is the valid name for this genus. The name Maylandia existed prior to Metriaclima, which means it would normally take priority. However, several authors (including Ad Konings), believe that Maylandia was not properly defined in the original description, and is hence invalid.


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