Placidochromis Phenochilus Mdoka “White Lips”

Dominant Mdoka White Lip Male. ~ 16 cm in length | 2 years old. You can see the teeth more prominent.
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Scientific Name Placidochromis Phenochilus
Common Name(s)White Lips
Geographical OriginMdoka, Chesese, and Chirwa Island
HabitatShallow Sediment
DietCarnivore
Aquarium TemperamentPeaceful, can be kept with other Haplochromis
Gender DifferencesDimorphic | Both Males ans Females have same coloring
BreedingMaternal Mouthbrooder
Maximum Size~ 10 inches | 25 cm
pH7.8 – 8.6
Water HardnessHard
Temperature 78 – 82°F | 25 – 27°C
Recommended Aquarium~ 100 Gallons | 350 Liters
Aquarium Notes These are very shy fish.
If you want to breed them, they should be kept as a
colony without any other aggressive fish.
Being very peaceful they will often get bullied around.
They thrive in colonies of 8 or more.

  • Placidochromis Phenochilus Mdoka aka “White Lips”
  • Ad Konings referred to them as a very conspicuous cichlid from the sand: The blue sand-dwellers.
  • In contrast to most sand-dwellers, there is a group of conspicuously colored cichlids which usually live solitarily or in very small groups, these five are Cyrtocara moorii, Protomelas annectens, Otopharynx selenurus, Placidochromis electra, and Placidochromis phenochilus.
  • These are one of the most beautiful and coveted Malawi Cichlids due to their species gender differences having males and females with the same color pattern.
  • They are also very gentle by nature and thus making them great fish to keep with other Haplochromis cichlids.
  • Males tend to grow much bigger than females and reach sexual maturity in an aquarium by the age of 1 year.
  • They will accept almost all kind of food (flakes, pellets, frozen) just be aware that they are a
    carnivore by nature and will need food with extra animal protein (krill, shrimps are the best source).
  • Try to keep them in a family of over 6 individuals since they are very social and like to play with their own kind.

References: Ad Konings The Cichlid Yearbook Volume 1.

Placidochromis Phenochilus Mdoka “White Lips”
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