Yellow Fin Mloto
Otopharynx tetraspilus is a maternal mouthbrooding cichlid native to Lake Malawi, Africa and widely distributed in the southern part of the lake and in the Shive river. It inhabits the swallow water and sheltered bays where vegetation is present. This habitat usually has a sandy bottom. There are not geographical variants.
Male Otopharynx tetraspilus have blue heads, blue-gray bodies and depending on mood, a nice yellow underbelly. There is nice white-blue blaze on the dorsal fin. The anal fin has prominent egg spots. The head and eye are quite large and the snout is pointed. Female Otopharynx tetraspilus and juveniles are golden brown with three large dark blotches along the side and four smaller marks along the base of the dorsal fin.
Males get up to 16 centimeters in length. Females are smaller (13 centimeters). This fish is not very aggressive.
- Species – Otopharynx Tetrastigma
- Common Name – Yellow Fin Mloto
- Origin – Lake Malawi
- Diet – Carnivore/Omnivore
- PH Range – Alkaline 7.5 – 8.5
- Water Type – Hard
- Temperature – Tropical 24°c
- Breed Type – Mouth brooder
- Max Size – approximately 16
- Sex – Un-sexed