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This page contains information about breeding the group of Cichlids called Mbunas. Click here for more about buying Mbuna Cichlids from us.
   
Breeding Mbunas
Mbunas are not too difficult to breed provided that you have a large group with 15 or more of them in a large aquarium with at least 60-gallons of water.
   
  The picture to the left shows a young male Minutus about 3.5" long. At the time this picture was taken he had just begun to show brighter colors, establish a territory, attract females, and begin to spawn with them.
   
Like most male Mbunas he has several egg shaped gold spots on his fin. Click here to read more about breeding a different mouth brooding cichlid.
   
 

The picture to the left shows a young female Minutus about 3.5" long just after she had spawned with the male shown above and picked up a mouthful of eggs. Three weeks later she released 35 fry that were about 1/4" long.

   
Like many female Mbunas, she has only one small egg shaped spot on the fin.

If you study these two pictures, they will help you distinguish between male and female Mbunas.

   

Customer Comments

 
can egg spots on some types of cichlids determine the sex? I have heard mixed opinions.
 
Jennifer
Sacramento 
California 94585
 
   
Reply. Hello Jennifer. Yes eggs spots can be used to determine the gender of some African Cichlids.

But many African Cichlids do not have egg spots. Male Mbunas usually have large gold colored egg-spots with a transparent ring around each egg-spot.

So the egg-spots really stand out and are easy to see.
 
Some female Mbunas also have egg-spots, but their egg-spots are usually smaller and usually lack the clear ring.

So the female's egg spots are not as prominent.
 
You can see these differences in the egg-spots in the pictures of the male and female Minutus just above on this page.

The male has four large bright yellow spots with a clear ring around each spot, and the female has only one egg-spot that is smaller and less distinct.
 
So both males and females can have egg-spots, but the males' egg-spots are bigger, brighter, and usually more numerous than the egg-spots on the females' fins.

   
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Click here to go to another page in this website with a short story about a beautiful aquarium with Mbunas that was in a restaurant named Giselle's many years ago.
   
Click here to go to another page in this website with Customer Comments and our Replies about Mbuna Cichlids.
   

Link to another Website
Click here to got to The Cichlid Fishes of Lake Malawi, Africa. which is a very large and wonderful website that contains mostly information about Malawi Cichlids in the wild, that is, in Lake Malawi!

   
Click here to go to another page in this website with Customer Comments and our Replies about Mbuna Cichlids.
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Click here to go to another page in this website with a short story about a beautiful aquarium with Mbunas that was in a restaurant named Giselle's many years ago.

   
Click here to go to another page in this website with Customer Comments and our Replies about Mbuna Cichlids.
 
 
 
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