Thick Bar Chitimba are a large species of mbuna that live only in Chitimba Bay in the northwest side of Lake Malawi. Their habitat includes large sandstone slabs that are covered in sand, which they sift through to find food. Males guard large territories over a slab, and females are allowed to swim throughout the territories holding and protecting fry. Males color up a bright blue, with navy bands visible and yellow unpaired fins. These fish work well in most mbuna set-ups, though their size requires a large tank


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Scientific name Common Name Size Temperament
Petrotilapia Chitimba
 Thick Bar Chitimba 150mm Aggressive
 Water Temperature Water pH Tank size Diet
 23-27oC 6.8-7.6 250 litres omnivore