Species group: Cichlids
Other common names: Mlowe
Scientific name: Pseudotropheus Minutus
Pseudotropheus Minutus is a cichlid which is native to Lake Malawi, and specifically to the lake's northwestern coast, in certain bays such as Nkhata Bay. It lives in shallow water between 2 - 10 meters deep, and is mainly found among small rocks. The Nkhata Bay Cichlid is a member of the Mbuna Cichlid group. The name mbuna means "rockfish" in the language of the Tonga people of Malawi. As the name implies, mbuna are the cichilds that live among piles of rocks.
Males are brilliant blue with black bars, while females have a more pastel lilac hue between the black bars.
Male fish are territorial by nature and will display aggressive tendencies towards other males as well as similar looking fish.
Pseudotropheus Minutus is relatively aggressive and should be housed in a 75-gallon tank or larger tank with numerous hiding spots. They should be fed a mix of quality pellets, flakes, krill, artemia etc.