Bumblebee cichlids, as their name suggests, are very reminiscent of bumblebees. This is because both have golden bodies with black/brown stripes running along them. Bumblebee cichlids are also called chameleon cichlids or hornet cichlids. The chameleon cichlid’s name comes from the fact that it can change its colours like a chameleon. In the wild, bumblebee cichlids will turn completely black to trick Bagrid Catfish. It’s an interesting relationship; when the bumblebee catfish is its standard color, the bagrid catfish will let it feed on parasites on its body. But as soon as the bagrid catfish lays eggs, the bumblebee cichlid will turn black and begin feeding on the eggs. It will then quickly revert back to its original color, and the bagrid catfish will have no idea what happened to its eggs.


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Scientific name Common Name Size Temperament
Pseudotropheus crabro Bumblebee cichlid 150mm Aggressive
 Water Temperature Water pH Tank size Diet
 24-28oC 7.5 - 8.6 250 litres omnivore