Metriaclima sp

Metriaclima sp. "Msobo"; Male top, female bottom. Photos by Robert De Leon​

Metriaclima sp. "Msobo" is a mbuna species that inhabits the rocky coastline on the Northeast part of Lake Malawi. Since arriving in the hobby, this species has seen many different names including Pseudotropheus "msobo deep", Msobo Magunga and Deep Tanzania. For now the official name has settled as Metriaclima sp. "Msobo" but don't be surprised if you see variations of the name on stock lists.

A noticeable characteristic of M. sp. "Msobo" is that the colors of the male and female resemble that of Pseudotropheus saulosi. Males have a dark blue and black color that develops as they age and become dominant while females remain yellow/orange. Like P. saulosi, M. sp. "Msobo" is a herbivore that is best kept in groups of one male and multiple females. However, while P. saulosi is relatively docile compared to other mbuna, M. sp. "Msobo" is very aggressive and larger. Males will harass other fish in the aquarium to claim their territory and will not tolerate other males of the same species. Females take constant abuse from the males and can also dish it out. Docile species should not be kept in the tank with M. sp. "Msobo" and a minimum of a 4 foot tank with lots of hiding places is recommended. If you have a tank with other aggressive fish and are looking for add a splash of color, M. sp. "Msobo" may be right for you.

To discuss Metriaclima sp. "Msobo" visit the Lake Malawi Species forum. More pictures of M. sp. "Msobo" can be found on the Species Profile. The video below by PISCES shows the species in action.