Pundamilla Nyerei – Farm raised
Average Adult Fish Size: 3-4"
Place of Origin: Lake Victoria, Makobe Island - Tanzania
Feeding: High Quality Flake, High Quality Pellets
Temperament: Mildly Aggressive, Conspecific Aggressive
The Nyererei is probably the most colorful of all the Victorian cichlids in the trade. Their dorsal fins can be bright orange or somewhat clear with a bluish tint. Typically the upper half of the body below the dorsal fins is either red or orange. and has 5 to 8 black vertical bars with yellow or greenish-yellow between the stripes. The lower part of the body is typically black or dark grey. The area around the mouth might be blue or blue-grey. The Nyererei males grow to only around 4 inches with the females being slightly smaller.
The females are a bland colored grey or brownish and might or might not show some similar vertical barring (3rd picture). Male on male aggression can be quite intense at times. The males of this species seem to want to breed constantly - chasing females all over the tank. Most of the Nyererei fond in the trade are from the Mwanza Gulf and Speke Gulf in the southern portions of Lake Victoria along the Tanzanian coastline. They are generally found in the rocky areas around the various islands in these two gulfs. The intensity of the male coloration will vary considerably in the aquarium. The most brilliant colors are seen during breeding or territorial disputes. If there are other more dominant species in the tank, then the colors will be much more muted.