The Blue Pindani is endimic to Lake Malawi. It occurs along the coast of Mozambique, between Cobue and Tumbi point, although it has been introduced elsewhere. It inhabits relatively shallow water in the intermediate zone where the rocky shoreline gives way to sandy substrates. Live robust plants can be used as this fish will not usually bother them. Leave open swimming areas.
The Blue Pindani is among the most peaceful of Pseudotropheus species. Although territorial, this fish does well with peaceful mbunas and Peacocks.
They will readily eat most cichlid pellets, flake and frozen foods.
Sexual differences: Males have three to four, distinct egg-spots on the anal fin and have slightly longer pelvic fins.
The male Blue Pindani is polygamous, so use several females. As many as 60 eggs are laid and fertilized by the dummy-egg method. The female mouth broods the eggs for 20-25 days.
Breeding potential: 7. A moderately difficult fish to breed.
- Species – Pseudotropheus socolofi
- Common Name – Blue Pindani
- Origin – Lake Malawi
- Diet – Omnivore
- PH Range – Alkaline 7.5 – 8.5
- Water Type – Hard
- Temperature – Tropical 24°c
- Breed Type – Mouth brooder
- Current Size – approximately 5cm (Grows to approximately 15cm)
- Sex – Un-sexed