Yellow-Tail Acei Cichlid

The Yellow-Tail Acei Cichlid (Pseudotropheus Acei) is a freshwater fish in the Cichlidae family of cichlids. It is a Mbuna cichlid. 

The Yellow-Tail Acei Cichlid has a yellow tail. Its body is blue, blue-purple, or grey. 

Yellow-Tail Acei Cichlid

It grows to about 18 centimetres (7 inches) in length. 

It is found in Africa in the north-western coast of Lake Malawi in Malawi and Zambia. It prefers shallow water, mostly staying close to the river bed, but sometimes swimming near the surface. It likes sandy and rocky shorelines. 

It is herbivorous. The Yellow-Tail Acei Cichlid eats algae, mostly from underwater logs and tree roots. It uses its sharp teeth to remove algae from the wood. 

It is often found in groups of 3-10 individuals, called schools, but sometimes up to 30-50 individuals.

It is a ovophile mouthbrooder. The female hatches about 50 eggs in her buchal pouch in her mouth, and when the eggs hatch into young, called fry, she protects them by keeping them in her mouth. She doesn’t eat them. She holds her young in her mouth for about 21 days. After 21 days, she spits out her young. They become independent and have to look after themselves. 

Its life span is 8-10 years.

Yellow-Tail Acei Cichlid
Yellow-Tail Acei Cichlid
Yellow-Tail Acei Cichlid

Location of photographs: Nairobi, Kenya

Photographer: Martina Nicolls


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