Electric Blue Johannii
Other Electric Blue Johannii Names:
Electric Blue Johannii, Blue Johanni
Electric Blue Johannii Scientific Name:
Electric Blue Johannii Temperament:
Species Type: African Cichlids, Lake Malawi
Electric Blue Johannii Adult Size: 5 inches (cm)
Electric Blue Johannii Life Expectancy: 12 years
Electric Blue Johannii Habitat: East African Lake Malawi
Electric Blue Johannii Minimum Tank Size:
Males are very territorial and aggressive.
Electric Blue Johannii Diet & Nutrition:
Omnivorous - Does well with flakes and pellets designed for african cichlids. Diet should be supplimented with green vegetables such as romaine lettuce, spinach, peas or zucchini.
Electric Blue Johannii Description:
Like all Melanochromis species, M. johannii has horizontally striped males and females of different colors. Males are a variable bluish black with pale blue or royal blue stripes. The dramatically different females are orange or yellow-orange with indistinct blackish stripes.
M. johannii is currently one of the more widely available mbuna species, at least in the USA. Unfortunately, like most members of the genus Melanochromis, this one has aggressive, territorial males which require a large aquarium with plenty of rockwork or other hiding places. If not provided with such quarters, the dominant male may pursue and kill any subdominant males and perhaps females that are not ready to spawn. Thus, this is emphatically not a fish for the novice cichlid keeper, even though it is beautiful and widely available.
Tank Mate Compatibility:
Other relatively aggressive mbunas such as Kenyi, Red Zebras, Meleanochromis Auratus
Electric Blue Johannii Breeding & Spawning:
Fairly typical mouthbrooding mbuna. Males are quite aggressive and this can lead to real problems with breeding. Make sure to have several females and a single male.
Determining Electric Blue Johannii Sex:
Females and juveniles are yellowish-orange. Males are black with blue markings.
Electric Blue Johannii Diseases:
malawi bloat - sometimes fatal disease that occurs when mbunas are fed too much protein or fat.
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