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The Kenyi Cichlid (previously ) was described by Burgess in 1977. They are found in Lake Malawi and though originally endemic to Mbenji Island and and Nkhomo reef, this fish has also been introduced to Namalenji Island.This species is listed on the IUCN Red List as Vulnerable (VU). Although it is endemic to Lake Malawi it has a very restricted range, otherwise it has no recognized threats at present. Other common names this fish is known by are Lombardoi Cichlid, Kennyi Cichlid, Blue Kenyi Cichlid, Golden Zebra Cichlid, Kenyii, (now considered an invalid scientific name), (an incorrect scientific name but one that has been used in the hobby), and of course Mbuna.The genus was formerly used quite broadly for the large variety of Mbuna species in Lake Malawi. Recent revisions have split the genus into three sub-genera: , , and . These then became recognized as their own genera of , , and . There is some debate on the naming of this last genus, so some of these fish may be found described as either or .They enjoy depths of around 32 feet or more (10 m) in areas of sediment-rich substrates and can be found over muddy and sandy spots between rocks. Males will protect a pit in the sand that he will use as a nest, but juveniles, females and the non-territorial males are usually found in small groups or by themselves.The Kenyi Cichlid will eat plankton in the water, though they primarily eat algae that they brush off of rocks. This algae is known as aufwuchs, which refers to tough stringy algae that is attached to rocks. "Loose" Aufwuchs can contain insect larvae, nymphs, crustaceans, snails, mites and zooplankton.
This species is listed on the IUCN Red List as Vulnerable (VU). Although it is endemic to Lake Malawi it has a very restricted range, otherwise it has no recognized threats at present. Other common names this fish is known by are Lombardoi Cichlid, Kennyi Cichlid, Blue Kenyi Cichlid, Golden Zebra Cichlid, Kenyii, (now considered an invalid scientific name), (an incorrect scientific name but one that has been used in the hobby), and of course Mbuna.
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In this video I've compiled a list of 10 Mbuna that in my opinion are ideal for the beginner. For tanks over 4ft and 230ltrs +. Things to consider: Make sure your tank is fully cycled before adding the fish. Your tank is 4ft minimum - 230ltrs minimum for the Mbuna listed in this video. Make sure you have good filtration! If you have any questions please ask.
Mbuna in the video time stamped: Iodotropheus Sprengerae - Rusty Labidochromis Caeruleus - Yellow Lab, Electric Yellow Metriaclima Callainos - Colbalt Zebra Metriaclima Estherae (Red) -Red Zebra Pseudotropheus sp. "Acei" (Msuli) - Yellow Tail Acei Pseudotropheus socolofi (Albino) - Albino Pindani Pseudotropheus saulosi Cynotilapia afra (Cobue) - Afra Edwardi Labeotropheus fuelleborni (OB) Pseudotropheus sp. "Acei" (Ngara) - Ngara White Tail
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"Starter Mbuna for the Beginner" "Beginner Mbuna" "African Cichlids" "Lake Malawi" "Beginner to African Cichlids" "Mbuna Information" Iodotropheus Labidochromis Metriaclima Callainos "Colbalt Zebra" "Yellow Lab" Estherae Pseudotropheus Acei Ngara "Yellow Tail" socolofi saulosi "Cynotilapia afra" Labeotropheus fuelleborni MbunaIt is diversity that has, in part, made cichlid fish so popular as aquarium residents. There are so many of them, and they come in all shapes, sizes and colors. And, of course, there is the fascination of cichlid behavior! Early in the history of the aquarium hobby (around 1900) there was a very short list of New World cichlids being kept. The chanchito (“Cichlasoma” facetum) was the first of these, along with the port cichlid fish (Cichlasoma portalegrense) and the Brazilian pearl eartheater (Geophagus brasiliensis).