Chilumba Red

  • Vibrant rusty orange African cichlid from Lake Malawi.
  • Prefers hard, alkaline water with plenty of rocks for hiding.
  • Peaceful with similar sized tank mates, but can be aggressive towards own kind.
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Chilumba Red: A Vibrant African Cichlid for Your Aquarium

The Chilumba Red, also known as the Red Trewavasae (Labeotropheus trewavasae chilumba), is a stunning freshwater fish native to the rocky shores of Lake Malawi in Africa. Renowned for its unique rusty orange coloration, this active cichlid is a popular choice for aquarists seeking a lively addition to their tank.

Scientific Name: Labeotropheus trewavasae chilumba

Water Quality:

  • Prefers hard, alkaline water with a high mineral content.
  • Mimic their natural habitat by using a good quality Malawi Rift Lake cichlid specific pre-mixed salt to maintain proper water chemistry.

Water Parameters:

  • pH level: 7.5 – 8.5 (slightly alkaline)
  • GH level: 10 – 20 dGH (high)
  • KH level: 8 – 12 dKH (high)


  • Omnivorous with a preference for algae.
  • Offer a high-quality flake or pellet food formulated for African cichlids as their staple diet.
  • Supplement with occasional live or frozen bloodworms, brine shrimp, or spirulina flakes for variety.

Tank Mates:

  • Can be territorial towards their own kind, especially males.
  • Maintain a ratio of 3-4 females to 1 male to help disperse aggression.
  • Ideal tank mates include other peaceful Mbuna cichlids of similar size and temperament.
  • Avoid housing them with smaller or more docile fish species.

Substrates and Tank Decorations:

  • Provide a rocky environment with plenty of hiding places using rocks and caves.
  • Sand substrate is ideal for sifting and bottom feeding.
  • Avoid using sharp decorations that could injure the fish.

Suitable Plants:

  • Due to their herbivorous tendencies, Chilumba Reds may nibble on softer plants.
  • Choose hardy aquarium plants that can withstand browsing, such as Anubias or Vallisneria.

Sexing and Breeding:

  • Males exhibit a more vibrant orange coloration and develop a prominent nuchal hump on their heads as they mature.
  • Females are typically a duller orange or yellow.
  • Chilumba Reds are mouthbrooders, with females carrying fertilized eggs in their mouths until they hatch.

Maximum Size and Longevity:

  • Grow to a maximum size of around 10 cm (4 inches) in length.
  • With proper care, they can live for 5-8 years in an aquarium environment.


  • Active and social fish that enjoy swimming in mid-water levels.
  • Can be territorial, particularly towards their own species.
  • Establish a hierarchy within the tank, with dominant males displaying for females.

Things to Consider Before Buying:

  • Their territorial nature requires a properly sized tank with enough hiding places to minimize aggression.
  • Their diet needs a good balance of algae and other foods to maintain optimal health.
  • Regular water changes are crucial to maintain good water quality in a hard water environment.

General Information:

  • Relatively easy to care for compared to other Mbuna cichlids.
  • Suitable for experienced beginner aquarists looking for a lively and colorful fish.

Fun Fact:

The downward facing mouth of the Chilumba Red allows them to graze on algae growing on rocks in the strong currents of Lake Malawi without being swept away.


My Family

Family Cichlid

Where I am from

Origin Africa

My behaviour

Social semi-aggressive

How do I breed

Breeding Maternal Mouthbrooder

Can you keep me

Care Level Easy

Potential of Hydrogen

pH Level Aquarium pH measures water acidity/alkalinity. 7 is neutral. Fish have pH preferences; maintain ideal levels for their health and stability. 7.5 – 8.5

General Hardness

GH Level GH (General Hardness) in aquariums measures minerals like calcium and magnesium. It affects fish health by showing water\'s mineral content. 10 – 20 dgH

Carbonate Hardness

KH Level KH (Carbonate Hardness) in an aquarium stabilizes pH. It acts like a shield, keeping the water conditions just right for fish. 8 – 12 dKH


Temperature Ideal temperature needed for fish 24°C – 28°C

How long will I live

Life Span 8 Years

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