Electric Blue Johannii

Other Electric Blue Johannii Names: Electric Blue Johannii, Blue Johanni

Electric Blue Johannii Scientific Name: Melanochromis Johanni

Electric Blue Johannii (Melanochromis Johanni))

Temperature Range: 72°F-80°F
pH Range: 7.4-8.9
Hardness Range: 10-20°

Family: Cichlidae

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: 29 gallons

Electric Blue Johannii Temperament: 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.

Aquarium Region: All over

Electric Blue Johannii Diseases: malawi bloat - sometimes fatal disease that occurs when mbunas are fed too much protein or fat.

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