Labidochromis chisumulae
by Nick Laferriere

Location: Chizumulu Island.

Biotope: Found in the Sediment-rich Rocky Habitat from 3-20 metres.

Size: 8cm for males and females.

Diet: It is an insectivore, which searches the biocover for little morsels. The food consists of insect larvae and small crustaceans. Also they’ll eat small snails as well.

Temperment: Very non-aggressive species! They’re very similar to Lab. caeruleus and breed the same way as well. These fish stay small and are quite peaceful. They can be successfully kept in a 20-gallon. Males do a little fighting over dominance but they’re not territorial. They chase away conspecifics in the wild from their feeding sites.

Spawning Behaviour: They’re not picky on where they spawn. Also males do not show territoriality. They will spawn anywhere in the tank and will frequently spawn on the move. I noticed this when I was watching them spawn. They were being chased by my Ps. sp. ’elongatus usisya’ male but still continued to spawn on whatever rock was closest. Breeding: Females hold about 10-20 eggs for about 25 days, temperature pending. Their mouths look really funny and the throat is quite extended when they hold. Males show dark blue/black barring on a light blue and white body. Females remain a light creamy white colour. Fry are generally a cream colour and take on a lighter appearance as they age. This may be a way to blend into the surrounds better and to be less conspicuous. I currently have 3m 6f with one dominant male, one subdominant male, and one male not showing any colour at all.


Konings, Ad. (1990). Ad Konings's Book of Cichlids and All The Other Fishes of Lake Malawi: NJ: T.F.H. Publications Inc.

Konings, Ad. (1997). Back to Nature Guide to: Malawi Cichlids: Germany: Fohrman Aquaristik AB

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