Name: Pseudotropheus saulosi (Konings 1990)
Common name: saulosi
Location: Near Taiwanee Reef in Lake Malawi
Adult size: male: 3 inches (8 cm)
Personal notes: A dwarf mbuna from Lake Malawi with Taiwan Reef being the location commonly referenced. I purchased six of these (4F, 2M) from a breeder at the "Ohio Cichlid Extravaganza" in 1999. The dominant male saulosi in my tank is very aggressive towards the sub-dominant male and he chases the females constantly. In spite of this aggressiveness, my saulosi take a beating when placed with the larger mbuna in my Malawi community tank. Since I have not found the saulosi to be a very good community fish, I gave them their own 55 gallon tank and kept it a single species tank. This is definitely my favorite mbuna along with the somewhat similar msobo. They do not get very big (3" to 3.5") and the females are actually prettier than the males. All my males had one egg spot and none of my females had any egg spots at all. I have never seen a sub-dominant male complete the color change. He will develop faint stripes and some black edging on the fins but that is as far as it goes. It is not too surprising since the aggressiveness of the dominant male to the subdominant male is extreme even compared to other mbuna. I once had a Labidochromis sp. "mbamba" in the tank and the mbamba nearly killed my much larger male saulosi.
Saulosi Breeding Pictures <== click here
A mature Male Pseudotropheus saulosi (below)
A mature female Pseudotropheus saulosi (below)
Well my male saulosi lived for four years, fertilized hundreds of eggs and has unfortunately passed away. The saulosi at the LFS just don't look nearly as good as mine so I'm taking a break from keeping my favorite fish. I sold the females and fry at the club auction.
Saulosi male going through the color change
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For more information regarding Pseudotropheus saulosi see also:
Malawi Cichlid Home Page
See Cichlid News magazine July 1992 (Volume 1, no. 3)