Electric Blue are African Cichlids originating in Lake Malawi. The males turn the electric blue color and depending on what food you provide them, females and juveniles are usually gray. Electric Blues will eat flake foods, algae based flake foods and cichlid pellets. Do not feed them live worms, beefheart or live brine shrimp, as these can bloat and kill the fish.
Electric Blues are very territorial, aggressive fish. They need large swimming spaces, so at least a 300 litre tank is recommended. Rocks and other hiding areas can be provided, however they traditionally stay away from the rocks due to fear of mbunas, like the Cobolt Blue Zebra or Red Zebra. Neverthess, Electric Blues can hold their own against mbunas. There should be little or no gravel in the tank. They enjoy plants, but will destroy them.
Electric Blues are compatible with Haplochromis Cichlids such as the Blue Dolphin, Venustus, Malawi Eye Biter, Red Finned Borleyi. Electric Blues also make good tank mates with Peacock Cichlids and synodontis catfish.
A grouping including more than 10 haplochromis and peacock cichlids is recommended. Male Electric Blues should not be combined, unless they have adequate hiding areas from each other. A single male with two or three females works quite well.
Breeding these fish is reasonably easy. Eggs are fertilized externally before the female picks them up to brood in her mouth for a period of approximately two weeks. This protection makes it easy to breed them in a community tank. Move the female to a separate tank just before she releases the brood.
- Species – Copadichromis azureus
- Common Name – Azureus
- Origin – Lake Malawi
- Diet – Omnivore
- PH Range – Alkaline 7.5 – 8.5
- Water Type – Hard
- Temperature – Tropical 24°c
- Breed Type – Mouth brooder
- Current Size – approximately 5cm (Grows to approximately 20cm)
- Sex – Un-sexed