The white spots referred to in the alternative common name of this popular species occur in juveniles, which carry the numerous spots on an almost black background body color. Adults—which are very differently colored to the juveniles—occur in a number of color forms, a reflection of the discontinuous distribution of the species in its natural habitat
Other common name
- White-spotted Cichlid
- Discontinuous in the northern half of Lake Tanganyika.
- Around 5in (13cm).
- Regarded as the most peaceful member of its genus, but can be territorial and sometimes aggressive toward rivals.
- Predominantly vegetable diet.
- Properly constructed backgrounds with plenty of boltholes and sandy areas. Must be well filtered and have good illumination to encourage growth of encrusting green algae. Medium-hard, alkaline water important. Temperature range: 73-81 F (23-27C).
- Maternal mouthbrooder, with eggs being laid in the open and immediately picked up by female.