Marmalade Fuelleborni Cichlid

Labeotropheus fuelleborni – OB Variant, a stunning cichlid from Lake Malawi’s rocky shores. This variant, with its vivid orange blotches against tranquil blue hues, transforms any aquarium into a vibrant showcase. Native to Katale Island, it’s a breathtaking example of nature’s palette at work.

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Labeotropheus fuelleborni –  OB Variant


Discover the fascinating world of Lake Malawi and the stunning Labeotropheus fuelleborni – OB variant. This extraordinary morph, merging vibrant orange and tranquil blue hues, presents a spectacular exhibition of nature’s artistry. With its striking palette, this fish is destined to be the focal point in any aquatic display.

Origin & Habitat:

Originating from the rocky shores of Lake Malawi, a prominent lake spanning Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania, this cichlid primarily inhabits rock-laden, sediment-rich environments. The distinct OB (orange blotch) morph that we spotlight is native to Katale Island, a location celebrated for its unique variants.

Diet & Feeding:

As a proficient algae grazer, the species feeds on algae clinging to rocks in its native terrain. In captivity, it is pivotal to administer a high-fiber diet to mirror its natural consumption. Supply flake foods fortified with Spirulina, pelleted foods (eschew mammalian fats), Cyclops, and Mysis. Assure all food is devoured within two minutes to circumvent overfeeding.

Behavior & Breeding:

The breeding conduct of Labeotropheus fuelleborni is notably captivating. Males claim and fervently guard territories, luring females to deposit eggs, followed by fertilization. Remarkably, fertilization transpires both intra and extra-orally. After spawning, females exhibit mouth-brooding behaviors to shield the progeny.

Aquaristic Care:

Optimal for intermediate and proficient aquarists, this species flourishes in water with a pH ranging from 7.0 to 8.5 and temperatures between 73.4 to 82.4°F. Given their expansive dimensions and territorial inclination, larger aquariums, a minimum of 59 inches in length, are recommended. Construct ample rocky refuges to replicate their indigenous habitat and to facilitate concealment.

Retaining a harmonious community is essential. Housing L. fuelleborni with L. trewavasae is feasible, provided they originate from identical lake regions to preclude hybridization. Refrain from excessive stocking to minimize territorial conflicts.


Categorized as “Least Concern” by the IUCN, Labeotropheus fuelleborni persists as a prevalent inhabitant in its indigenous locales. The species’ herbivorous tendencies render it challenging to harvest using conventional techniques.

Why Choose the Katale Island OB Variant?

Beyond its inherent allure, this variant unveils the mesmerizing underwater realms of Malawi. It exemplifies the lake’s rich biodiversity, with its color morphs symbolizing secluded populations across diverse lake regions.

Introduce a fragment of Lake Malawi’s enchantment into your abode with the Labeotropheus fuelleborni – Katale Island OB Variant, currently available on

(Note: Rigorous acclimatization and meticulous care are indispensable for maintaining the health of this species. Adhere to prescribed protocols and seek advice from seasoned aquarists if uncertain.)

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