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Rock-Dwelling Mbuna Cichlid – Electric Blue Johannii Melanochromis johannii Cichlid



Electric Blue Johannii
Melanochromis johannii
previously Pseudotropheus johannii
aka: Johanni Cichlid, Blue Johanni, Bluegray Mbuna, Blue Mbuna, Electric Blue Johannii, Johanni Cichlid, Blue Johanni, Bluegray Mbuna, Blue Mbuna

The Electric Blue Johanni Melanochromis johannii is a real beauty that offers pizzazz to the African cichlid aquarium. The coloring of both the male and female is very appealing, and they almost look like two separate species. The male has a brilliant blue body with darker blue striping, but the dark colors “bleed” onto the lighter blue creating a checkerboard effect. The female and juveniles are a bright yellow-orange.

This fish belongs to a group called Mbuna cichlids. This group has 13 genera of very active and aggressive personalities of Mbuna cichlids. The name Mbuna comes from the Tonga people of Malawi and means “rockfish” or “rock-dwelling”. This name aptly describes the rocky environment these fish live in as opposed to being open water swimmers like the Utaka cichlids and other “haps”.

Both the male and the female Electric Blue Johanni are very attractive African cichlids, and having opposite coloring makes keeping both sexes in the aquarium desirable. Though still not a community tank specimen with fish other than cichlids, they are some of the least aggressive of the Melanochromis species. They are very easy to breed and the juveniles are easy to raise as well.

This is a great fish for both the intermediate and experienced aquarists!

Shipping size appx 2 – 2.5″