What is Melanochromis Johanni?
Based on Trewavas (1983b), Bowers and Stauffer (1993) listed the defining characteristics of the genus Melanochromis. Detailed color descriptions of M. johanni were given by Ribbink et al. (1983). In general, males are black with royal blue bands, and females are yellow-orange or orange, with faint bands (Ribbink et al. 1983).
Is the genus Melanochromis in need of revision?
Identification: According to Eccles and Trewavas (1989), Melanochromis and the related genus Pseudotropheus are in need of revision and critical appraisal. Based on Trewavas (1983b), Bowers and Stauffer (1993) listed the defining characteristics of the genus Melanochromis.
How can you tell the difference between Melanochromis and cyaneorhabdos?
This species can be distinguished from the similar M. cyaneorhabdos by the overall black colouration of dominant males, as opposed to the more blueish patterning of cyaneorhabdos. It is sometimes sold as “electric blue johanni”. Do not keep it with other Melanochromis species as they may hybridise.
Where are Likoma and Chizumulu islands?
Satellite picture of Likoma island (right) and Chizumulu island (left). Chizumulu Island is the smaller of two islands in Lake Malawi/Lake Nyasa, the larger being the nearby Likoma island, which together make up the Likoma District.
How big do Johanni cichlids get?
Maximum size- Johanni Cichlid reach a size of 5″-6″, females slightly smaller at 4″-5″. Foods- Johanni Cichlid will eat any food that is offered to them, they will consume vegetable matter so becareful with your plants, they will also eat Black Worms, Flake food, Krill, Brine shrimp,…
Are Melanochromis aggressive?
Quite aggressive but it is not as pronounced in this species as with most other Melanochromis species. It can be housed successfully with similarly-sized mbuna and can even be kept with similarly sized peaceful species such as Aulonocara or Neolamprologus.