These cichlids are usually kept in well filtered, heavily stocked mbuna-specific aquariums. Over-crowding helps spread out the aggression and no particular individual gets picked on to death. They are maternal mouthbrooders and breed readily in good conditions. Mbuna are mostly herbivorous and their diet should consist of low fat foods. Many species will require spirulina, but worms, beefheart, and meaty foods are best avoided.
There is a wide array of literature out there concerning African cichlids (including references to mbuna in more general aquarium guides and scientific texts). There are subtle but important differences from book to book (and especially from internet site to site). Differences include whether or not to attempt an under-gravel filter and specific species compatibility. Make sure that you double check any recommendations with a second or third shopkeeper, experienced aquarist or printed text. The time and monetary investment required for a 75 gallon or larger aquarium demands it.
An electric yellow cichlid, Labidochromis caeruleus.
Cyathochromis Trewavas 1935
Cynotilapia Regan 1922
Genyochromis Trewavas 1935
Gephyrochromis Boulenger 1901
Iodotropheus Oliver & Loiselle 1972
Labeotropheus Ahl 1926
Labidochromis Trewavas 1935
Maylandia Meyer & Foerster 1984.
Melanochromis Trewavas, 1935
Petrotilapia Trewavas 1935
Pseudotropheus Regan 1922