Labidochromis Sp. Mbamba - Yellow Top
Labidochromis Sp. Mbamba – Yellow Top
Average Adult Fish Size: 3-4”
Place of Origin: Lake Malawi
Feeding: High Quality Flake, High Quality Pellets
Temperament: Mild Aggressive, Conspecific Aggressive
The Labidochromis sp. "Mbamba", or "Yellow Top Mbamba", is found in and around Mbamba Bay in Lake Malawi – towards the southern area of the bay. The males tend to be brightly colored – a powder lavender blue body with black vertical stripes that extend into the dorsal fin. The dorsal, anal, and pelvic fins are black, with the dorsal and anal fins completed with a yellow stripe on the outer edge. The anal and pelvic fins may be finished with a whitish stripe, and the bluish body usually melts into a yellow tail. This produces a spectacular display when breeding or exerting dominance.
They tend to be much more aggressive and active then their cousins, Labidochromis caeruleus (yellow labs). However, the aggression usually only extends to chasing intruders intruder away from the dominant male's territory, as opposed to constant harassment.
The "Yellow Top Mbamba" is a fairly peaceful fish that can be kept with most other mbuna species. It is a nice member of the Labidochromis family with its unique coloration. If you are looking for something a little different than the regular yellow Lab, or slightly more aggressive, the Labidochromis sp. "Mbamba" may be a good choice for you.