Kenyi (Pseudotropheus lombardoi)

Photo of: Kenyi (Pseudotropheus lombardoi)

Scientific Name(s): Pseudotropheus lombardoi, Pseudotropheus liliancinius, P. kennyi


Common Name(s): Kenyi, Blue Kenyi, Kenyi Cichlid, Kenyii, Kennyi


Family: Cichlidae


Species Type: African Cichlids, Lake Malawi


Maximum Size: 5 inches


Life Span: 10 years


Natural Habitat: Lake Malawi


Minimum Tank Size: 55 gallons


Tank Region: All over


Possible Tank Mates: Other aggressive african cichlids or synodontis catfish


Description: The Kenyi is a rather aggressive cichlid from Lake Malawi in Africa. It is very bright blue as a juvenile. As they mature, the females become more of a pale blue and the males become bright yellow. At every stage of development Kennyis have numerous black vertical bars.


Temperature Range: 72°F - 82°F



pH Range: 7.8 - 8.6

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Hardness Range: 10° - 20°



Breeding Information: Like most malawi cichlids, the kennyi 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.


Sexing Information: Once out of the juvenile stage, sexing is easy. The males will become a very bright yellow.


Diet: Omnivorous - but in its diet, plant/vegetable matter should be plentiful.


Temperament: Very aggressive


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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African Cichlids, Lake Malawi


Keith Pardee

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