After my aftermath last year of losing all but 6 malawi's, i have now a breeding pair of P. elongatus "yellow tail", 4 P. socolofi, 4 P. socolofi "albino" and 4 L. caeruleus. The only fish to have spawned so far are the P. elongatus yellow tails. Below are pics of the male and female and their 1 fry
The photo above shows the female after spawning
The photo above shows the male just prior to spawning showing his full breeding colors..
Below is a pic of him after spawning was completed and he had returned to his dull coloration - he does revert to nearly all the darkest blue with just a glimpse of the yellow
Below is pics of the only surviving fry 1 month after release, in the second pic there is just a brief glimpse of the yellow tail
The fry is already showing slight coloration, unfortunately i havenít seen the fry for about 2 weeks now, it was getting to the stage where it was leaving the saftey of the rocks to explore the surrounding areas and i believe has fallen prey to my eldest P. socolofi female My adult P. elongatus yellow tail is now carrying her second lot of fry and 2 have been rejected to early, they still have their yolk sacks attached to them and I have them separated in an aerated breeding compartment, its too early to tell if they will survive but will keep you updated on their progress
Photos and text by Adele Rotherham, UK
This photo of a male Pseudotropheus elongatus was submitted by Boyan Kalinov