Species group: Cichlids
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Scientific name: Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos
The Maingano has a slightly elongated body form. It appears torpedo- shaped with its short head and streamlined body. The mouth bears a pair of fleshy lips. The fish has a dark blue body which is interspersed with light blue lines. The fins are also fringed with light blue.
Maingano males are very territorial and will display aggressive tendencies towards other adult Maingano males as well as juvenile males of the same species. A single male may be kept with many females, otherwise females are harassed for breeding. In a community tank, Maingano should be kept with similar sized fish that will not be bullied.
These fish require a tank with a minimum capacity of 75 gallons. The base of the tank can be layered with an alkaline substrate such as coral sand. Floating plants like ferns provide the dim lighting conditions that this fish requires. A heavily planted tank should be avoided because this fish needs a lot of space to swim. Rocks can be added to be the fish's hiding places.