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Mbuna Cichlids
From Lake Malawi in East Africa
       
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Breeding Mbunas
Mbunas are not too difficult to breed provided that you have a large group with 15 or more of them in a large aquarium with at least 60 gallons of water.
 
 
  The picture to the left shows a young male Minutus about 3.5" long. At the time this picture was taken he had just begun to show brighter colors, establish a territory, attract females, and begin to spawn with them.
 
 
Like most male Mbunas he has several egg shaped gold spots on his fin. Click here to read more about breeding a different mouth brooding cichlid.
 
 
 

The picture to the left shows a young female Minutus about 3.5" long just after she had spawned with the male shown above and picked up a mouthful of eggs. Three weeks later she released 35 fry that were about 1/4" long.

 
 
Like many female Mbunas, she has only one small egg shaped spot on the fin. If you study these two pictures, they will help you distinguish between male and female Mbunas.
 
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Customer Comments

 
can egg spots on some types of cichlids determine the sex? I have heard mixed opinions.
 
Jennifer
Sacramento 
California 94585
 
 
 
Reply. Hello Jennifer. Yes eggs spots can be used to determine the gender of some African Cichlids. But many African Cichlids do not have egg spots. Male Mbunas usually have large gold colored egg-spots with a transparent ring around each egg-spot. So the egg-spots really stand out and are easy to see.

Some female Mbunas also have egg-spots, but their egg-spots are usually smaller and usually lack the clear ring. So the female's egg spots are not as prominent.

You can see these differences in the egg-spots in the pictures of the male and female Minutus just above on this page. The male has four large bright yellow spots with a clear ring around each spot, and the female has only one egg-spot that is smaller and less distinct.

So both males and females can have egg-spots, but the males' egg-spots are bigger, brighter, and usually more numerous than the egg-spots on the females' fins.

 
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Links to Other Websites
Below are two web sites that have Links Pages that contain more links to other interesting websites about African Cichlids.
 
The Cichlid Fishes of Lake Malawi, Africa. This is a very large and wonderful website. In contrast to the site below, this site contains mostly information about Malawi Cichlids in the wild, that is, in Lake Malawi!

 
Malawi Cichlid Homepage. This is another very large and wonderful website with a huge amount of information about Malawi Cichlids. I am reluctant to presume to review this website, but it seems to me that it is mostly full of information about keeping Malawi Cichlids in aquariums.

 
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Books about the Mbuna Cichlids
of Lake Malawi in East Africa. The books shown below are listed on Amazon.com. You can click on the title or the image of a book to go to the page at Amazon.com, where that book is listed and discussed. In some cases you can preview several of the pages in that book.
 
 
Click on this image to go to Amazon.com, where this book is for sale.   Malawi Cichlids: Mbuna
By Pablo Tepoot, Ian Tepoot (Editor)
Hardcover
206 pages
 
 
Click on this image to go to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about this book.   Lake Malawi Cichlids
By Mark Phillip Smith
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Click on this image to go to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about this book. Malawi Cichlids: Mbuna
By Mary Ellen Sweeney
Hardcover
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Click on this image to go to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about this book. African Cichlids II: Cichlids from
Eastern Africa

By Wolfgang Staeck and Horst Linke  (Contributor)
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By David Boruchowitz
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Click on this image to go to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about this book. Fishkeepers Guide to African Cichlids
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Click on this image to go to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about this book. Guide to Malawi Cichlids
By Ad Konings
Hardcover
128 pages
 
 
Click here for a complete list of books about Mbuna Cichlids at Amazon.com.
 

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 About our Fish ...
Almost all the photographs and videos, shown on this web site, were taken by us of our fish in our aquariums.
 
Compare the healthy, beautiful, energetic fish in our beautiful aquariums to the fish in our competitors pictures. Their fish often look thin with clamped fins and poor color.
We buy the highest quality fish, produced by the best fish farms or caught by the best collectors of wild fish, then we take incredibly good care of our fish in our beautiful aquariums.
 
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Will the fish you get from us look like the fish in our pictures? No! This is similar to buying kittens and puppies that will change as they grow to become cats and dogs.
 
We stock and ship fish that are the ideal size to sell. Not so small that they will not do well when shipped. Yet not so big that they have become much more expensive.
 
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