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Melanochromis johanni
Johanni Mbuna
Eccles, 1973

Melanochromis johanni - Johanni Mbuna - johanni males are considerably less aggressive than other Melanochronis species
johanni males are considerably less aggressive than other Melanochronis species
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(Other members of the genus Melanochromis)

ADULT SIZE: 12 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Moderately hard and alkaline

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 25-28 C

FOOD: Feed Melanochromis johanni a predominantly vegetarian diet

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Lake Malawi

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AQUARIUM CARE: Probably the least aggressive Melanochromis (certainly when compared to M. auratus and M. chipokae), though still quite boisterous like all mbunas. Best kept in a group, one male to several females. Sexing is simple as males are black with light blue patterning, whilst females (and juveniles) are generally yellow (see pictures). Like all mbunas it will graze on algae and plant matter, and should be fed foods with some vegetable component.

Best kept in a well-stocked mixed mbuna tank, or in a larger species group, preferably with two to three times the number of females than males. Tank décor should be rocky, with caves and passageways. Plants will usually be disturbed (with the exception of Anubias, java fern and perhaps Vallisneria.

For more about a typical tank set-up see Setting up a Lake Malawi Cichlid Aquarium.

BREEDING: A typical maternal mouthbrooder

Have you bred Melanochromis johanni? Why not fill in a breeding questionaire?, or examine existing Melanochromis johanni breeding reports








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Cichlids? There are estimated to be over 2000 different Cichlid species in the wild, of all sizes, shapes and colours. Many require very specialist conditions such as those coming from the sandy/rocky waters of Lake Malawi and Lake Tanganyika. Others, such as the Apistogramma dwarf cichlids from the Amazon basin require softer water and a well-planted tank. In general cichlids do not make good community fish as they can get quite aggressive, especially when spawning - but a specialist cichlid tank is certainly a sight to behold, and can be very rewarding for the more experienced aquarist


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