pindani Physical description:
P. socolofi has a "typical" mbuna shape.
coloring of the fish is golden yellow or pale blue to dark blue.
On the blue morph, faint bands can sometimes
Usually the blue variant is marked with a black ridge along the upper part of the dorsal fin and
a black band on the first rays of the anal fin.
The yellow morphs are usually not marked.
Size/Length: Males to 4.7" (11 cm), females to 4" (10 cm)
Similar species: Barlow's Mbuna (
P. barlowi), Zebra Mbuna (
Habitat: Eastern Africa; found on the eastern coast of Lake Malawi and around the Likoma Islands.
Aquarium: 40" (100 cm) or 40 gallons (150 L).
Use rock structures that reach the surface
of the water.
Provide hiding places among these structures.
Robust, live plants can be used as this fish
will not usually bother them.
Leave open swimming areas.
Water chemistry: pH 7.5-9.0 (8.1), 12-25 dH (16), 73-81°F (23-27°C)
P. socolofi is among the most peaceful of
Although territorial, this fish does
well with peaceful
mbunas and Peacocks.
Suggested companions: Small Haplochromines, mbunas,
FOOD: Algae; flake; live; snails, bloodworms, mosquito larvae, microorganisms, crustaceans,
; pellets; tablets; plant matter; vegetables; peas, lettuce, spinach; fruit.
Sexual differences: Males have three to four, distinct egg-spots on the anal fin and have slightly longer
pelvic fins. Breeding techniques: Use water with a temperature from 77-82°F (25-28°C), a pH from 8.0-8.3, and
a hardness from 10-16 dH.
The male is polygamous, so use several females.
As many as 60 eggs are laid and fertilized
by the dummy-egg method.
The female mouth broods the eggs for 20-25 days.
The blue colored fry emerge and can
be fed Artemia
, and Daphni
The female should be removed 6-10 days after the fry are released from the female's mouth.
Breeding potential: 7.
A moderately difficult fish to breed.
socolofi differs from other mbunas by its lack of clear sexual
dichromatism. Difficulty of care: 4.
A relatively peaceful mbuna.
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