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Melanochromis Chipokae is an African Cichlid endemic to Lake Malawi. It is a colorful freshwater fish but can be very aggressive at times. Provide plenty of hiding places is a good choice to control their aggressive behaviours. Melanochromis Chipokae females and juveniles are predominantly yellow, whereas mature males are mostly black and blue. Coburg Aquarium provides a comprehensive selection of Aquarium Plants, Aquarium Live FishAquarium Supplies. Products will be shipped to your door safely.

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Features of Melanochromis Chipokae:

  • Have two horizontal bars that run across their body along the lateral line to the base part of the dorsal fin
  • The mature male ones are navy blue with some light blue fins and bars
  • The male fish has egg-shaped spots on his anal and the female is attracted to these
  • It usually inhabits intermediate areas with sandy bottoms and scattered rocks around the reef
  • Average Lifespan :5 years


The Best Aquarium Size for Melanochromis Chipokae:

We recommend providing a tank size of 200L for the fish. Melanochromis Chipokae is aggressive and a small tank size could increase the chances of harassment. Larger Tank is required if you plan to add in other tank mates.

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

This species can also be kept in a tank and other Mbuna that are strong to protect themselves from attack. But it would be best to avoid fish that have the same color to them. Several females should be kept per male in order to reduce harassment by the male, but in smaller tanks even these will most likely be harassed to death.

Melanochromis Chipokae Food :

It will accept most foods offered and a varied diet of live, frozen and good quality dried foods is best. Occasionally, you can treat them with 

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Melanochromis Chipokaes Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration

A strong filtration system is absolutely necessary.  This fish will create much bio-wastes. Make sure the filter matches with your tank size.

Here are some great ones to consider:

Plants for Melanochromis Chipokaes

Live Aquarium plants can provide spaces for female to lay their eggs. This fish won't harm your plants. Design your own planted-aquarium as you want!  Interested in Live Plants for your aquariums? Click here to see more Fish Live Plant

Decorations for Melanochromis Chipokaes

Much of the aquarium should contain piles of flat rocks for them to lay eggs, arrange many caves, visual barries and hiding places to minimise the harassment.

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Stick with fine sandy substrate.

A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium.

Additional Information

Fish Keeping Snapshot :

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Aquarium Set-up Service:

Our design team enables us to create the tank you desire, install your tank where you wish to and provide a maintenance service to ensure everything runs smoothly. We can create almost any aquarium from the small home aquarium to large commercial aquariums for offices, hotels or restaurants. Coburg Aquarium, Australia's leading aquarium shop.

Please contact us if you need any custom tank services.