Bumblebee Cichlid
Pseudotropheus crabro

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

5" - 8"

Minimum Tank Size

75 gallon


Black, White, Yellow



Water Conditions

Basic (8.0-9.0 pH), High Water Hardness (10-18 dGH), 72-84 degrees Fahrenheit


General: The Bumblebee Cichlid (Pseudotropheus crabro) is an Mbuna from Lake Malawi. It will reach a length of six inches, and may live for over ten years in captivity. Mbuna are relatively aggressive, and should be kept in an "overstocked" aquarium (more than one inch of fish per ten gallons, once fully mature. The overstock technique should be applied to manage aggression, but must be compensated with more frequent water changes.

Fecundity: The Bumblebee Cichlid (Pseudotropheus crabro) may produce up to 100 eggs per clutch. The Bumblebee Cichlid is a mouthbrooder, and will invest large amounts of energy to help protect the offspring.

Preferred Water Chemistry: Basic (8.0-9.0 pH), High Water Hardness (10-18 dGH)

Aquarium Diet (Omnivore): Brine Shrimp, Blackworms, Omnivore Pellet, Spirulana

Dimorphism: The Bumblebee Cichlid (Pseudotropheus crabro) male will develop an elongated dorsal, and anal fin. The female will retain her short, round fins. The male will also develop numerous egg spots in the anal fin for reproductive purposes. The female will have very few, if any egg spots on the anal fin.

Compatibility: The Bumblebee Cichlid (Pseudotropheus crabro) are relatively aggressive Mbuna. They should be kept in an "overstocked" aquarium (more than one inch of fish per ten gallons, once fully mature) consisting of other Mbuna.

Bumblebee Cichlid Videos

Author: Aquatics Unlimited