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October 24: Arrival of New Fresh Water Fish.

October 24: Arrival of New Marine Water Fish.


Included colors

Mloto white top

Mloto white top

Scientific Name: Copadichromis mloto

Price: Upon Request

Origin: Lake Malawi

Family: Cichlidae


Other Names: Copadichromis mloto, Ivoryhead, Mloto Ivory Head, Likoma, Whitehead, Mloto Cichlid, Copadichromis sp. "Mloto Fluorescent"



Technical Info

Temperature: 26 - 28 ℃

pH: 7.8 - 8.6

GH: 5 - 15

Max size: 17 cm

Min Tank size: 200 Ltr

Position in Aqua: No special swimming level



This fish has just recently been introduced into the hobby. Males are black with a white or yellowish blaze on the head and nape. Females are a dull beige color and form large schools.



Feed a quality cichlid flake/pellet food, supplement occasionally with frozen brine, krill and mysis.



Mloto’s are cave-crater type breeders, meaning they dig a big pit next to the rock for spawning. When the male is ready to breed he does get a little more aggressive, but mainly just to protect his territory. Come spawning time the male does his little dance, or jittering, in front of the females and if any are ready she will follow the male into the breeding pit. The male will then scrape his anal fin on the rocks to show the female a good place to place her eggs. The female will follow, lay her eggs, and then pick them back up very quickly. She does this in a number of times, and as she picks up her eggs the male rubs his egg spots on the rocks as well. The male does this to entice the female to try to pick up his egg spots also, when she tries he will release his sperm into her mouth to fertilize the eggs. This process takes but a few hours. Female hold the eggs in her mouth for about 8-12 days. When the female is ready, open her mouth and out come lots of little baby fry.


Compatible with

Like other Utakas it's best kept together with other peacefull cichlids like Aulonocara's and Labidochromis.