Labeotropheus Trewavasae - Unsexed, Tank Raised
Adult Fish Size: 4.5”
Place of Origin: Lake Malawi - found at many localities including Masinje Rocks and the Maleri, Namalenje, Thumbi West, Mumbo, Nankoma, Zimbabwe, Boadzulu and Nakantenga groups of islands. It is also found between Lion’s Cove and Chitande, and from Chirombo Point to Nkhata Bay.
Feeding: High Quality Flake, High Quality Pellets
Temperament: Mildly Agressive, Conspecific Aggressive
The Labeotroheus has a characteristic overhanging snout and chisel-shaped teeth which are designed for scraping algae off rocks. It grazes algae from rocks situated in very shallow water which other species cannot reach. The position of the mouth allows the fish to remain parallel to the rock surfaces, thus enabling it to cope with the turbulence in these areas.
This species is most easily distinguished from the similar L. fuelleborni by its slenderer body shape and smaller adult size. Male fish may exhibit female coloration and have been recorded carrying broods of eggs themselves.
Orange-Blotched (OB) patterns are very common among the Labeotropheus species - Females almost always sport the OB pattern. Males usually have a solid body color with lighter or different colored fins. Ours are medium blue to dark blue with vertical stripes and a bright yellow-orange dorsal fin. OB males are very rare.