Name: Tropheops tropheops "Chilumba"
Synonym: Pseudotropheus tropheops "Chilumba"
Common name: Red Top Chilumba
Location: Lake Malawi at Mphanga Rocks near Chilumba
Adult size: males: 5 inches (12 cm), Females: 4.5 inches (11 cm)
Diet: Algae (aufwuchs) grazer
Both males and females are yellow as juveniles and the males turn the stunning color shown below:
Personal notes: My first experience with this species was a trio of full grown adult Tropheops sp. "Chilumba" Mphanga Rocks that I purchased from the local fish store in 2004. That ended in disaster as the male went on a killing spree and killed every other fish in the 55 gallon tank. But then again...in a weak moment I bought a colony of ten little 1 inch Tropheops sp. "Chilumba" at the Ohio Cichlid Extravaganza in November 2010. Now they are in a 180 gallon tank and doing quite well breeding frequently.
Above is my dominant male Tropheops "Chilumba" from the colony I purchased in 2010. They are a bit more blue and have a touch of orange on the head.
Above is my dominant male Tropheops "Chilumba" from the trio I purchased in 2004. They are a bit more purple and have no orange on the head.
Luckily the colony of 10 turned out to be 2M:8F. The females are shown above.
The Tropheops breed frequently in the 180 gallon tank. I was lucky enough to capture the breeding on video here.
On the left is a young male going through the color transition. On the right is the young female holding fry in her mouth.
Above are the juveniles I grew out in a 55 gallon tank
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