I have a lone Male, beautiful bright orange, about 10 cm long. He, without a doubt, wins the most territorial award for my tank. He took over as aggressor of the tank when he killed my other male. Crazy enough at that time he was half the size. In my opinion, any large (over 300 liters) Malawi Cichlid tank should have at least one. Although mine is aggressive, he hasn't made a habit of killing other fish, but he will chase them all over. Not only did he develop a nice "lipstick" look from small battles, he is also known for all kinds of crazy sparratic swimming. Circles, full body twitching, digging, spitting rocks, and a lot of chasing. I name him "Most Territorial" not only because of the previously stated acts of swimming, but because of his fearlessness. Every other fish I have will back down from at least one other fish on a regular basis, with the exception of my Kennyi. He has regular scuffles with my 25 cm Synodontis notatus, which are impressive considering the catfish is considerably larger and he backs down to no one.
This was my very first African cichlid. After a few weeks, I wondered why the color changed. Now I know he is male and just by chance, I got a female later on. My male is a beautiful bright yellow with gray stripes. He also has a turquoise lines in his fins. Tankmates include a pair of Yellow Labs, an albino pseudotropheus, and a pair of Jack Dempseys. And I have a pleco and black shark to take care of the cleaning.
I have a male and female breeding pair. They are wonderful to watch, and the male keeps the eggs. The female has absolutely nothing to do with the eggs once they are fertilized. The only problem that I have with this is that the male spits the eggs out after 2 days. He doesn't have the patience to keep them.
I live in Norfolk in England, an area where the water is hard, so my Lombardoi love the conditions we can provide! We've had a breeding pair in a 277 litre tank with many other varieties of Cichlid. I agree with other people that say that Lombardoi are NOT the most aggressive, I find the smallest of Cichlids can be far meaner! My breeding pair most recently provided us with their 3rd brood of fry, consisting of approximately 50 little Lombardoi, which we start off in a smaller 16 litre tank. We then move them to a 175 litre cube tank to grow on until they are big enough to sell back to a local Aquatics Centre. I feel very proud of my fry and feel glad that I can provide a good quality Lombardoi, rather than some inbred fish you can get!
I just wanted to say that the one we have here does the usual picking up and spitting out rocks, plus chasing fish around his area. He is about 13 cm long, orange and white looking now. When we first got him, he was a blue with black vertical stripes on both sides. He liked to chase things so much, then run into his house, a building with 5 cm openings on two sides and the roof. Sometimes he waits inside it for ambush onto another fish. We call him 'Godzilla." Anyhow, he is so energetic, my wife had the idea to buy some cat play toys. The plastic balls with a ball inside it. The outside ball is like a cage, holding the smaller, inner ball inside it. I ran a piece of plastic air tubing through it and suspended it from the top of the tank. He loves to attack the ball and push it up the hose. Then he backs off and lets it fall, then does it again and again. The other two balls are loose on the bottom. He seems to 'push' them inside his house by rolling them and nudging them to the inside of the building, just for safe keeping. We have to keep taking them out of the house for him to do it again. Another thing he seems to like to do is try to get your fingers when you rub your fingers on the glass in front of him. He is a great fish to have and we like him. Somebody else might have to do the same thing we did just to see it happen. It is kind of like a hamster on an exercise wheel. Good luck!
One of my most memorable fish was a Kenyii. He was a big, territorial, aggressive burrower. In a 340 L tank he would move half the gravel in an afternoon. Half the tank belonged to him and woe to any other fish who entered. My only problem is that he would regularly kill other fish. But most memorable was how he hated tank cleanings. I'd have my arm down to vacuum the gravel, clean the sides, or just fill in his crater and he'd attack me. I still have a scar! I'd shake my hand at him, he'd shake back. One day, after two attacks, I tried to chase him away. He wouldn't back down. Even when I reached over and picked him up. I took him out of the water and yelled at him (silly, but I did it) then tossed him back in. When I went to finish cleaning, he attacked again. Again I was able to reach over and pick him up. When I pulled him out to yell at him again I noticed he would turn his head to face me. Even out of the water he intended to face me down. I tossed him back in and had to learn to just dodge him. Unfortuantely, he died in The Great Die-off.