Most of the fishes are rock-dwelling species that are adapted to scraping algae off the rocks. Others are small plant or animal eaters. The type of food varies widely among the many different species.
The male attracts females to his territory. Breeding takes place there. The male is brightly coloured and aggressive to other males. The male will court the female back to the nest that he has built where she will lay her eggs (up to 700) while the male pours milt (sperm) over them. The female collects and incubates the eggs and larvae in her mouth where they are well protected. The females rarely eat during the incubation and have little movement. The fry (baby fish) are usually about 9 – 11mm in length when hatched.
Kept widely as pets. Threats include overfishing by the local fishermen of Lake Malawi due to the high population growth rates. Water pollution from agricultural runoff is also a threat because it results in the destruction of the fishes’ habitat. Listed as vulnerable on IUCN Red List.
Adult (13 and over)$9.75
Child (2 - 12)$6.75
Child (1 and Under)FREE
We begin transferring animals to evening (off exhibit) holding at 4:30 each night.
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