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Melanochromis chipokae
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Group Mbuna
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Discovered By JOHNSON, 1975
Fish Size min 3" - max 5" Inches
Min Tank Size 50 Gallons
Sexual Differences Males develop black in the body, face and fins. Two blue horizontal bands traverse the length of the body. The fins have a white/light blue outline. Females are yellow with two black horizontal bands that traverse the length of the body. The fins are yellow except for the caudal with has much black in it.
General Information Located at Chidunga Rocks and at Nakantenga Island and Mbenji. Found in the intermediate habitat. Diet in the wild consists of small fish. M. chipokae is an opportunistic feeder and will eat anything it can fit into its mouth.

The aquarium should have plenty of rockwork to provide shelter, territorial markers and spawning sites. Feed a quality cichlid flake/pellet food. Supplement with spirulina flake and frozen foods such as krill, brine or mysis.

M. chipokae looks similar to M. auratus except for a more pointed snout, a larger size and a slightly different pattern of stripping and coloration in the fins. Both fish are considered highly aggressive.






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