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Maylandia callainos
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Group Mbuna
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Discovered By STAUFFER & HERT 1992
Common Name "Cobalt Zebra"
Fish Size min 4" - max 5" Inches
Min Tank Size 50 Gallons
Sexual Differences Males and females of this species look very much alike; however, mature males will tend to have a more vibrant blue, a steeper forehead, more eggspots, pointier fins and generally, become larger in size.
General Information Located at Nkhata Bay in addition to in the northeast from Lkombe to Puulu. Found over rocky habitats. Diet in the wild consists of algae scraped of the rocks in addition to plankton collected in the water column.

The aquarium should have plenty of rockwork to provide shelter, territorial markers and spawning sites. Feed a quality cichlid flake/pellet food. Supplement with spirulina flake.

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