Mature males will tend to be larger with a steeper forehead and more egg spots. Some differences in colouration may also be apparant. Females tend to be a deeper orange and males more pale with subtle hints of blue in the fins when mature. Venting may prove beneficial with this species.
In the lake, this species inhabits rocky regions. It feeds primarily on algae and microorganisms. This fish is aggressive and should not be kept with species from the Haplochromis group. Tank should have plenty of rockwork and caves to provide both shelter and territorial markers. Feed a good spirulina flake/pellet food or flake/pellet meant for herbivorous fish.