Blue Cobalt Cichlid

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Description of the Blue Cobalt Cichlid

The Blue Cobalt Cichlid (Maylandia callainos) is a member of the Mbuna group of Cichlid's. Mbana means "rockfish" and this species is sometimes referred to as Blue Cobalt Mbanas. Mbanas are Africian Cichlids that are endemic to Lake Malawi. As their name suggests they live amongst the rocks at the bottom of freshwater lakes. The Blue Cobalt Cichlid's are maternal mouth brooders. The female releases the newly hatched fry when they are approximately 3-4 weeks old.

Popular Name: Blue Cobalt Cichlid
Species: Maylandia callainos

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Blue Cobalt Cichlid

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Profile of the Blue Cobalt Cichlid
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Blue Cobalt Cichlid species.

  • Size: Up to 13cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 7.6 to 8.8. Temp 24 to 28 Degrees

  • Diet / Feeding: Frozen or Dried Food

  • Temperament: Aggressive

  • Habitat: Rocky Areas, Freshwater Lakes

  • Behaviour: Territorial, keep with other 'Mbana' fish

  • Range: Endemic to Malawi, Africa

Scientific Classification of the Blue Cobalt Cichlid
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Maylandia callainos

  • Popular Name: Blue Cobalt Cichlid

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes

  • Family: Cichlidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Blue Cobalt Cichlid?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist! Male Blue Cobalt Cichlid's are more colorful than females.

Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Blue Cobalt Cichlid slimy?
Blue Cobalt Cichlid secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Blue Cobalt Cichlid to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do Blue Cobalt Cichlid have gills?
Gills enable the Blue Cobalt Cichlid to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information - Why do the Blue Cobalt Cichlid have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Blue Cobalt Cichlid has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Blue Cobalt Cichlid has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Blue Cobalt Cichlid has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Blue Cobalt Cichlid has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Blue Cobalt Cichlid

Blue Cobalt Cichlid

  • Interesting Information about Blue Cobalt Cichlid

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Blue Cobalt Cichlid slimy?

  • Why do the Blue Cobalt Cichlid have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Blue Cobalt Cichlid have fins?

  • Species: Maylandia callainos

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