Fish Species

Blue Cobalt Cichlid

Blue Cobalt Cichlid - Description

The Blue Cobalt Cichlid (Maylandia callainos) is a member of the Mbuna group of Cichlid's. Mbana means "rockfish" and this species is sometimes referred to as Blue Cobalt Mbanas. Mbanas are Africian Cichlids that are endemic to Lake Malawi.

As their name suggests they live amongst the rocks at the bottom of freshwater lakes. The Blue Cobalt Cichlid's are maternal mouth brooders. The female releases the newly hatched fry when they are approximately 3-4 weeks old.

Popular Name: Blue Cobalt Cichlid
Species: Maylandia callainos

Profile of the Blue Cobalt Cichlid

This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Blue Cobalt Cichlid species.

  • Size: Up to 13cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 7.6 to 8.8. Temp 24 to 28 Degrees

  • Diet / Feeding: Frozen or Dried Food

  • Temperament: Aggressive

  • Habitat: Rocky Areas, Freshwater Lakes

  • Behaviour: Territorial, keep with other 'Mbana' fish

  • Range: Endemic to Malawi, Africa

Scientific Classification of the Blue Cobalt Cichlid

Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Maylandia callainos

  • Popular Name: Blue Cobalt Cichlid

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes

  • Family: Cichlidae


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Facts about Fish Species - Blue Cobalt Cichlid

The colours, shapes and sizes of individual fishes varies enormously - you really need excellent quality pictures or photographs to assist in the identification process.


A combination of the number of fins and their characteristics, color, scale counts, general features, maximum length and distribution are used during a species identification process.

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