Metriaclima pulpican

Metriaclima pulpican. Photo by Dave Hansen​

This attractive Lake Malawi mbuna has gone through a series of names (Cynotilapia pulpican. Pseudotropheus sp. "Kingsizei"), but is currently classified as Metriaclima pulpican. Like other mbuna, M. pulpican is a herbivore and should be fed a diet high in vegetable matter. This species is aggressive and it's recommended to be housed with other fish that can take care of themselves. While females are somewhat drab, males take on nice black stripes on a powder blue body. Similarly colored mbuna like Pseudotropheus demasoni or Ps. saulosi should not be housed with Metriaclima pulpican. For more information, visit the Species Article or the Lake Malawi Species forum.