The exasperatus African cichlid, scientifically known as Labidochromis joanjohnsonae, originates from the mineral-rich reefs of Likoma Island in Lake Malawi, East Africa.
They instinctively seek sturdy structures such as crevices in aquarium reefs where they can sleep and procreate. If an aquarium setting doesn’t simulate a rocky reef, these fish will usually begin to dig to create fissures and slits where they can feel protected.
Cichlid experts recommend using a combination of aragonite and coral sand, which will keep aquarium water alkaline and hard. This fish is a member of the Mbuna group, and it displays brighter colors when it feels safe with a darker substrate.
Because the Exasperatus African cichlid is a rock-dwelling fish, it will react with severe hostility to overcrowding. It’s territorial and willing to defend its corner of the aquarium to death.
Feeds and Feeding
The Exasperatus African cichlid is omnivorous with a strong preference for larvae, small ocean invertebrates, and macroscopic crustaceans. Most aquarium owners feed them with granular pellets that manufacturers design with the unique nutrient needs of the Mbuna group in mind.
It has a strong appetite for mosquito larvae, brine shrimp, and mysis shrimp. It’s a good idea to find commercially available vitamin-enriched frozen variants of these tiny treats. Balance their diet with plant matter such as romaine lettuce, blanched spinach, and cucumber.
Experienced aquarium owners can keep this species with other members of the Mbuna group. However, fish with similar color patterns can expect harassment and hostility. Most Exasperatus African cichlids in the global markets are captive bred, with a higher tolerance for outgoing Mbuna fish.
The Electric Blue Maingano cichlid is its most ideal tankmate, along with the Malawi golden cichlid. Most tank owners prefer to keep African cichlids with other African cichlids.
For species outside the Cichlidae family, the Yellow Tail Acei is defensive and outgoing enough to keep the Exasperatus African cichlid in its place. Bronze Corydoras and the Bristlenose Pleco are two highly effective tank cleaners that could cohabitate with the Exasperatus African cichlid without issues.
How Does the Exasperatus African Cichlid Mate?
Males will fight with other males over the attention of females, often with fatal consequences. So, it’s best to create sections where two to four female fish surround one male fish. A monogamous partnership will result in the harassment and death of the female fish.
Is the Exasperatus African Cichlid the Same Fish as the Pearl of Likoma?
Vendors around the world sell exasperatus African cichlids under their more marketable name, the Pearl of Likoma.
While this is a rare occurrence, it can and will happen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that every one will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fish arrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag within 2 hours of the delivery time of your fish. We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem.
We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We can replace fish butshipping costs is the responsibilityof the buyer.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures,within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolve the issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
Most Shipments will be 2-day unless otherwise noted. We shipfish on Mondays and Tuesdays only (excluding holidays) to ensure fish arrive before weekends. This allows us to completely prepare the fish for shipping andensure they are healthy prior to arriving at your door. All fish will be shipped with oxygenated water and specific additives in the water to ensurethey maintain their health and stability during shipment. Depending on the species of fish and current weather conditions, the fish may arrive with a heat pack or ice pack to maintain the optimal temperature which further ensures thehealth and safety of your fish. All costs of shipping (postage, packaging,heat/ice packs, etc.) are included in the Shipping fee. We ship to only thecontinental United States and are unable to ship to P.O. boxes, must bephysical address.
"The fish I received do not look like the fish in thepicture. Why is this?"
- We typically take photographs of one or two fish when we initially get them in. Since we have a large quantity of most of the various species of fish, it would be understandably impossible to provide a picture ofevery individual fish with a specific species. For some of our more rare orlarger fish, the picture listed may be the actual fish that you are receiving.If this is the case, it will be designated by ?WYSIWYG?, meaning ?what you see,is what you get?.
"What happens if my fish arrive dead?"
- While this is a rare occurrence, it can and willhappen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that everyone will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fisharrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag.We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem. We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We will reship any replacement fish at the buyer's expense.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures, within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolvethe issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
"What if I'm not home when the fish arrive?"
- We will always provide you with a tracking number. While the fish are packaged to survive about 72+ hours within the shipping containers, we do ask that you make arrangements to arrive home to inspect your fish as soon as possible after they are delivered to your home. Itis always suggested to provide an area for the delivery person to place the boxthat is out of direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
"What do I do with my fish once I've unpacked them?"
- Like you would with any new fish, let the entire bag float in your tank for 15-30 minutes. This allows the temperature withinthe bag to adjust to the same as your tank and will reduce temperature shock onthe fish. After this time, you can add all of the fish and water that is in thebag into your tank. The products used within the water for shipping will notharm any existing fish within your tank and actually makes the transition foryour new fish a bit easier. After this, expect your new fish to take a few daysto become fully adjusted, this includes hiding, floating at the top, sinking tothe bottom, and not eating. After a few days, your new fish should be acting aswimming like they normally would. At this point, enjoy your aquarium!
"I want to return my new fish because x,y,z?"
- Unfortunately, we are unable to accept returns.We do recommend contacting us via email with yourorder number and as much information as possible. We will try to assist you inresolving whatever the issue may be.
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