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Elongatus Mbuna for Sale
Elongatus Mbuna Cichlid for sale
Above: a beautiful young mature male Chewere Elongatus Mbuna for sale at our online store.
Elongatus Mbuna for Sale    



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Elongatus Mbuna for sale
Likoma Elongatus Mbuna, female

and Exciting
Likoma Elongatus
Mbuna Cichlid
Pictures: top pictures shows a young 3" long male in one of our aquariums, and bottom pictures shows a female with a mouthful of her babies. Click on each picture to see a bigger picture.
Scientific name: Chindongo cf. elongatus Likoma


Chewere Elongatus Mbuna Cichlid
Chewere Elongatus, Mbuna

and Exciting
Chewere Elongatus
Mbuna Cichlid
Pictures: a young 2" long male in one of our aquariums. Click on each picture to see a bigger picture.
Scientific name: Chindongo cf. elongatus Chewere



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Comments: These are fabulous fish with vibrant blue coloration and black bars.

Origin: Elongatus are Mbunas, which is a large family of Cichlid fish that originally lived only in Lake Malawi in East Africa.

But now they live in aquariums all over the world. There are several species of Mbunas for sale in this store.

Maximum Size: In aquariums, Elongatus Mbuna males an grow to be about 4" long and females to be about 3.5" long, including their tails, which is a very nice size for aquariums.

Rarely, an old Elongatus Mbuna male can grow to be even longer than 4".

Behaviors: Elongatus Mbuna are Mbunas and all Mbunas are aggressive fish, and from time to time males have long energetic battles.

But Elongatus Mbuna are less aggressive than most Mbunas, and so they are one of the best Mbunas for aquariums.

Compatibility: Some recommended tank mates include, other mild tempered Mbuna species like the Red Zebra and Electric Yellow, plus Synodontis Catfish.

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Temperature: Mbunas live best from about 75 to 80-degrees F. with 78 being perhaps ideal.

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Feeding: Premium Fish Food Pellets is the best food for all Mbunas. Smaller sized pellets when young and small, and larger sized pellets when older and bigger.

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Water Conditions: Lake Malawi has hard alkaline water and that's best for all the fish, whose ancestors lived there.

But these fish can adapt to most types of water, and so as usual it's best not to try to change the pH or alkalinity.

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Aquarium Size: Mbunas, like these Elongatus, will eventually need to live in an aquarium with at least 80-gallons of water.

Each Mbuna will need at least 5-gallons of water, and Mbunas live best in an aquarium with at least 15 other Mbunas of about the same size.

Even better is a bigger aquarium with more Mbunas.

Decor: Mbunas do not need gravel, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water.

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Live plants are beautiful and improve the water quality, but Mbunas will usually dig plants up, so most Mbuna aquariums do not have live plants, Mbunas love rocks and rocky caves.

Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended. Most 80-gallon aquariums have room along the back for two Penguin 350B Filters, and this is sort of a minimal Mbuna set up.

Better is a 120, 150, or 200-gallon aquarium with as many Penguin 350B Filters as will fit across the back. Click here to learn more about aquarium filters.

The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range. Click here to learn more about using Lava Rocks in aquariums.

Life Span: Mbunas can live for several years. Keep the water conditions excellent and feed them premium foods, and they will most likely breed and produce the next generation of fish for your aquarium.

Gender: It's difficult to tell males from females, when they are very small, but easy when they are mature, because the males change color and become a very vibrant blue, while the female usually stays a duller blue.

Breeding: Elongatus and all Mbunas are mouthbrooders. A female lays eggs, a male fertilizes the eggs, and the female picks up the eggs in her mouth.

She'll brood them for about 3-weeks, then release them in the aquarium. They are miniature versions of their mother and very cute!

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Popularity: For many years Elongatus and other Mbunas from Lake Malawi have been very popular fish.

Names: The scientific name for Elongatus is Chindongo "Elongatus".

Variations: There are many variations of this fish. In fact there may be several species or subspecies.

Click here for a lot more information about keeping and caring for Mbunas, including a picture gallery.

We hope you've enjoyed reading these comments.

DrT - 11/03/2015

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