Native to the Tanzanian coastal waters, the Msobo Magunga (Metriaclima) is one of many types of African cichlids. You may also see them called Deep Manda or Deep Tanzania. Their native habitat is Lake Malawi in Africa, a large freshwater lake bordering Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania that is famous as the home of at least 850 species of cichlids.
Males and females of this species are quite easy to distinguish, as females display bright yellow and orange colors. However, the males start out orange but with maturity turn black with speckled light blue patterns throughout their bodies. Females also tend to be slightly smaller than their male counterparts. They are incredibly attractive in color and can provide a beautiful addition to larger aquariums.
The Msobo Magunga prefer tanks with a lot of rock work, as the males will frequently dig against the rocks and create territories. Ideally, they should live in aquariums with hard water and a pH of 7.5 - 8.4. Their average lifespan ranges anywhere from 4 to 10 years. As ultimate tropical fish, they reside best in water temperatures that remain in the high 70s to mid-80s F. For optimal health, it is best to maintain weekly water changes of 30%.
With the right tank conditions, the Msobo Magunga African Cichlid can bring a unique look to your home aquarium.
As males may begin to spar with too many males in one tank, Msobo Magunga African Cichlids benefit from having an equal number of males and females. Keeping more females than males will also create a less aggressive environment. Quite territorial and aggressive, they can live in the same tank as White Tail Aceis or Williamsi Blue Lips.
Feeds and Feeding
Msobo Magunga are omnivores, benefiting from diets that are plant-heavy from spirulina and blanched greens to avoid bloating, with occasional meaty treats. They may also begin to eat plants in their tank when hungry.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best size tank for African cichlids?
As these fish may grow as big as 5.5 inches, it is best to keep them in larger tanks, with a minimum of 55 gallons. In addition, they display aggressive behavior, particularly during breeding, so will benefit from a larger aquarium.
What African cichlids can live together?
We recommend that you avoid mixing cichlids of varying sizes, as they may end up eating each other. Most African cichlids are aggressive, so do not mix them with aggressive species or fish that are closely related, similar in coloration.
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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