Copadichromis borleyi from Lake Malawi

Copadichromis borleyi

Copadichromis borleyi. Photo by Ed Schipul (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Copadichromis borleyi are found throughout Lake Malawi in shallow, rocky areas. Large groups will congregate around boulder formations to feed on plankton. Depending on the location in the lake, the male’s coloration can vary. While C. borleyi‘s head is blue, the body can be red, yellow and anything in between. Females are silver-ish with 3 black spots on each side.

Copadichromis borleyi is generally docile in aquariums, although they will defend an area while breeding. Tankmates should not be overly aggressive. Other haps or Aulonocara are ideal and even some of the calmer mbuna or Lake Tanganyika cichlids. A rocky area with sand will be staked out by the dominant male. When breeding, the male will build a bower in the sand and attract females. One male to multiple females is best. To discuss C. borleyi visit the Lake Malawi Species forum.


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