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Pseudotropheus socolofi
Powder Blue Cichlid, Pindani

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Name: Pseudotropheus socolofi
Size TankpHTemp
Origin: Lake Malawi (Africa)
12 cm 100 L 8.1 27C


Pindanis are a beautiful african cichlid. They like a hardness of around 500 ppm and a pH of 7.0 - 8.1. They like a tank filled with rocky limestone outcrops and caves for spawning. They will dig pits in the substrate. They are an easy fish to breed and females will lay about 18-35 eggs. They are mouthbrooders and their young are raised in their mother's mouth. Sexing is quite difficult but behaviour will usually determine sex. They are quite aggresive fish that should be kept with other Malawi mbunas (rock dwelling cichlids). They are a lovely blue colour and should be fed a varied diet to bring out their metallic blue sheen. I have a colony in my malawi tank and they are a very hardy and fun fish to keep that retain a size of 12cm. They are a very enjoyable and gorgeous edition to any malawi tank.

Contributed by Josh

I have this fish with a few other malawis. It won't let any others push it around. I like this fish a lot because it is easy to take care of and is very beautiful.

Contributed by Cody

I think that this is one of the most beautiful fish in the world. I only have one but I am thinking about get more, like two. It is spectacular and you should think about geting one!

Contributed by Carlos Murteira

My female is a non-stop brooder and my male a non-stop harrasser. The pair is a regular pain in the neck.

Contributed by Bill Latimer

I own 1 male and 2 female of these great Cichlids. I believe that they are more aggressive than the books say, though. Mine do great with Metriaclima zebra, Metriaclima lombardoi, Ps. crabro, Yellow Labs, and Electric Blue Johanni. Mine spawned at a young age, and there is a way to sex them. The male (when young) is more of a purple color, and the females are more blue. However, once mature they turn a wonderful blue like in the picture above. Requirements are the same as for most Mbuna.

Contributed by Erik James

I had three of these beautiful cichlids but they are extremely aggressive. Slowly I've had to get rid of them one by one. They attack each other and everyone else in the tank ruthelessly. I'm down to one, and he's the ruler of the tank.

Contributed by Lori Anderson

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