Male develops dark blue/black in the face, body and fins and light blue along the dorsal. Some yellow may show on the anal and pelvic fins. Female is silver with three black spots in the body and a yellow caudal fin.
Located throughout Lake Malawi. Found in open water over rocky bottoms. Diet in the wild consists mainly of plankton.
The aquarium should have some rockwork but still provide open swimming space both along the bottom and mid-tank region. Feed a quality cichlid flake/pellet food, supplement occasionally with frozen brine, krill and mysis.
This fish is unique as in it spawns in the wild in open water away from any substrate.