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Copadichromis azureus
Azureus Cichlid

    Copadichromis azureus, Azureus Cichlid

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  • Water Temperature:

    78 - 82°F

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  • Min. Tank Size:

    50 Gal

  • Description:

    The Copadichromis azureus or Azureus Cichlid is a stunning looking Haplochromis from Lake Malawi, which is native to the waters around Mbenji Island, Nkhomo Reef, Chimwalani Reef, and Maleri Islands. Males of this species develop a dark blue color which covers their face, body and most of their fins. They also feature a very light yellow to white stripe which runs along the top of their dorsal fin. The dark metallic blue color makes them a truly stunning fish and one of my favorite Haps. Males can get to be about 7" in length and females will grow to about 5".

  • Compatibility:

    Azureus cichlids are fairly mild mannered African cichlids. A dominant male may show mild levels of aggression towards other males and smaller species of cichlids. When breeding, males will also show increased levels of aggression. Some compatible cichlid species are some larger Peacock cichlids like the Lemon Jake, or other Haps like the Yellow Blaze Lithobates, and the Red Empress.

  • Tank Requirements and Feeding:

    Copadichromis azureus cichlids are native to the hard alkaline waters of Lake Malawi in Africa. Ideal water condition for a home aquarium should be similar to their natural habitat to allow these fish to display their best colors. The water temperature should be between 78 - 82°F with a pH between 7.8 - 8.6. Additives like Cichlid Lake Salt and Malawi/Victoria Buffer will condition the aquarium water for African cichlids. The aquarium substrate should be sand or fine gravel, and plenty of rocks and caves should be provided to allow these fish to claim territories or seek protection.

    Copadichromis azureus cichlids are carnivores and should be fed a variety of foods that contain a good amount of protein. Plankton based flakes mixed with commercially prepared cichlid pellets and live (or frozen) brine shrimp or blood worms, are good choices for their diet. Such foods will help bring out the dark blue color, which is making these fish very popular among African cichlid hobbyists.

  • Breeding:

    Azureus cichlids are sexually dimorphic. Males will display the dark metallic blue color, while females remain a silver color with black spots. Males will also get larger than females.

    Like most Lake Malawi cichlids, the Copadichromis azureus is a mouthbrooder. While spawning, a female will pick up and hold the eggs in her mouth to protect them. Females may continue to carry the eggs and fry in their mouth for two weeks or longer. It is a good idea to keep several females with one male when breeding. This will help spread out any aggression displayed by the male.

    All Lake Malawi Haplochromis species will hybridize with other closely related species. If you want to avoid hybridization, the Azureus cichlid should not be kept with Fireline Mloto, Red Cap Lethrinops, or White Blaze Chrysonotus.