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 Profiles Malawi Mbuna Melanochromis lepidiadaptes
Melanochromis lepidiadaptes
     
Scientific Name: Melanochromis lepidiadaptes
Pronunciation: m-ln--kr-ms l-pd---dp-ts
Geo. Origin: Makanjila Point
Habitat: Shallow Precipitous Rocky Habitat
Diet: Omnivore
Gender Differences: Dimorphic
Breeding: Maternal Mouthbrooder
Temperament: Highly Aggressive
Conspecific Temperament: Aggressive
Maximum Size: 3.5"
Temperature: 78 - 82°F
pH: 7.8 - 8.6
Water Hardness: Hard
Difficulty: 3
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Male M. lepidiadaptes have light blue bodies with small darker blue horizontal bars on them. The gill covers has small yellow spots on them. The edge of the dorsal fin and tail also have some yellow on them. Females have light brown bodies with black bars on them. The yellow spot on the male gill cover is black with the females. The species is known for eating scales off off other fish, but it has never been proven to be a scale eater. In the wild, fish have been caught with scales in the stomachs, but not in a fashion so as to label them as scale eaters. They probably do eat scales when the occasion arises.
 Profiles Malawi Mbuna Melanochromis lepidiadaptes
 Key To Species Profile Terms
 Pronunciation: Refer to our Pronunciation Key for an explanation of the phonetic symbols.
 Habitat: This is the primary location where the cichlid is found and is a generalization. This does not
  mean a fish cannot be found in other habitats.
 Diet: Many cichlids specialize in eating one type of food; notwithstanding, some of these specialized
  feeders are flexible and can be opportunistic feeders.
 Temperament: This describes the overall demeanor of a cichlid toward other tankmates that
  are of a different species. Consider that there is variability in temperament due to various factors,
  including aquarium size, tankmates of similar appearance, stocking levels, and order of introduction.
  There may even be some variability among individual specimens.
 Conspecific Temperament: This describes the overall demeanor of a cichlid toward other tank-
  mates of the same species. Consider that there is variability in temperament due to such factors as
  aquarium size, stocking levels and order of introduction. There may even be some variability among
  individual specimens.
 Maximum Size: This is in regards to total length (including the tail) of typical aquarium specimens.
  Wild specimens may not attain this size, or may in fact grow larger than aquarium raised individuals
  due to various factors. Also consider that this is the typical maximum size and there are exceptional
  individuals that will exceed it.
 Difficulty: This measure is a relative value, comparing a single species against all other cichlids.
  This only accounts for maintanence in the aquarium and not breeding considerations.
  1 = easy and forgiving, 5 = extremely challenging.
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