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Scientific Name: Melanochromis melanopterus
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Geo. Origin: Lake wide distribution
Habitat: Sediment-Free Rocky Habitat
Diet: Omnivore
Gender Differences: Dimorphic
Breeding: Maternal Mouthbrooder
Temperament: Peaceful
Conspecific Temperament: Aggressive
Maximum Size: 5.5"
Temperature: 78 - 82°F
pH: 7.8 - 8.6
Water Hardness: Hard
Difficulty: 2



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Male at Minos Reef
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Melanochromis melanopterus is a common, aggressive rocky shore mbuna, that feeds opportunistically, but is particularly specialized as a predator on fry and young cichlids. It appears all over Lake Malawi, except for Mbenji and Maleri. Males are usually black and blue, females are brown.
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