Labidochromis sp. “gigas mara”

Labidochromis sp.

Labidochromis sp. “gigas mara”. Photo by Ad Konings

It’s probably safe to say that anyone who has ever had a Lake Malawi mbuna tank has at one point or another kept at least one Labidochromis caeruleus. Commonly known as a yellow lab, the L. caeruleus with its bright yellow color and mild temperament is a mainstay of many hobbyist’s aquariums. Aside from the yellow lab and maybe a Labidochromis sp. “Hongi”, most hobbyists have little experience with other Labidochromis species. However, the variety of colors and sizes of other Labidochromis species should not be overlooked. For instance, the Labidochromis sp. “gigas mara” pictured above is a perfect example of the different varieties of Labidochromis available. Granted, most stock lists won’t include much more than the yellow labs or Hongi, but some importers and breeders do have them available. They add wonderful colors and make for interesting discussion. As an added bonus, they are less likely to cross-breed with your Pseudotropheus.

To see some pictures of the other Labidochromis species from Lake Malawi, visit the Labidochromis Profiles page.

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