Origin and locale/variety: Wide Distribution, Lake Malawi, East Africa
Size: Adults are usually 3.5 to 5.5 inches in aquarium environment.
Sex differences: Males obtain a brilliant blue with light edging on the fins. Females are silver and black.
Aquarium behavior: Copadichromis azureus is a very undemanding cichlid. In the aquarium, they thrive in Malawi community set-ups and are not difficult to breed. The fish accepts most any environment that has gravel/sand, rocks, and even live plants.
Aquarium diet: C. azureus readily accept most foods: flakes, frozen, pellets, and live. A combination of flakes and frozen food is recommended.
Observed spawning habits: Males will display for female's attention. A male will normally construct a simple nest against a rock and put on an elaborate show for the female and whoever else wants to watch. Courting rituals are somewhat passive and very rarely result in injury.
Other information: This fish has been sold in the United States for many years as Copadichromis chrysonotus. C. chrysonotus is actually a completely different fish which is not nearly as common as C. azureus.
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