Other Chilumba Names:
Chilumba, Chilumba Peacock
Chilumba Scientific Name:
Aulonocara stuartgranti sp. Chilumba
Species Type: African Cichlids, Lake Malawi
Chilumba Adult Size: 4.5 inches (cm)
Chilumba Life Expectancy: 8 years
Chilumba Habitat: East African Lake Malawi
Chilumba Minimum Tank Size:
Territorial but not overly aggressive like some mbunas.
Chilumba Diet & Nutrition:
Omnivorous but does better with vegetables. Should not have too much protein and should have no fat. African cichlid flake or pellt foods are good as a staple, but the diet should be supplimented with fresh green vegetables such as spinach, romaine lettuce, peas or zucchini.
Located at Chilumba, Malawi. Found in the intermediate zone. Diet in the wild consists of microinvertebrates taken from the rocks and in the sand.
The aquarium should have some rockwork but still provide open swimming space both along the bottom and mid-tank region. Feed a quality cichlid flake/pellet food, supplement occasionally with frozen brine, krill or mysis.
Tank Mate Compatibility:
Other african cichlids that are not terribly aggressive.
Chilumba Breeding & Spawning:
Like most malawi cichlids, the chilumba is a mouth brooder. As such, it is easier to breed this cichlid than many other types of fish. It takes about 3 weeks for fry to emerge once the mother starts holding eggs in her mouth. Fry should be fed crushed cichlid flake fod or newly hatched brine shrimp.
Determining Chilumba Sex:
Males are bright blue and females are grey or silver in color.
Malawi bloat - fatal to malawi cichlids that eat too much protien or fat.
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