Lavender Mbuna

Other Lavender Mbuna Names: Lavender Mbuna, Rusty Cichlid

Lavender Mbuna Scientific Name: Iodotropheus sprengerae

Lavender Mbuna (Iodotropheus sprengerae))

Temperature Range: 74°F-82°F
pH Range: 7.7-8.7
Hardness Range: 5-20°

Family: Cichlidae

Species Type: African Cichlids, Lake Malawi

Lavender Mbuna Adult Size: 4 inches (cm)

Lavender Mbuna Life Expectancy: 10 years

Lavender Mbuna Habitat: East African Lake Malawi

Lavender Mbuna Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons

Lavender Mbuna Temperament: Quite peaceful for a mbuna but may become territorial while spawning.

Lavender Mbuna Diet & Nutrition: Omnivorous - does well with flake or pellet foods designed for african cichlids. Suppliment with fresh green vegetables such as peas, romaine lettuce, spinach or zucchini.

Lavender Mbuna Description: This species is not particularly aggressive and may be bullied by more aggressive tankmates. The base colour of this species is brown, but with the right feeding, the adults should develop an attractive purple sheen.

Tank Mate Compatibility: Other african cichlids. Some more timid species such as Haps or peacocks would do well with this species.

Lavender Mbuna Breeding & Spawning: Typical Mbuna mouthbrooder. Keep 1 male for every 3 or 4 females.

Determining Lavender Mbuna Sex: Males typically have more egg spots than females.

Aquarium Region: All over

Lavender Mbuna Diseases: Malawi bloat can occur if this species is fed too much meaty, high fat foods.

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