Know Your Fish

"Albino Pindani" commonly known as Snow White Cichlid are native to African Lake Malawi, these are rock dwelling fish & also called 'Mbuna' which in the local language of Tonga people translates to "Rockfish". They  are mainly algae eater's, they spend lot of time scrapping & consuming algae from the rocky shores. These fish can grow up to 6 inches. Snow White Cichlid is the Albino form of "Blue Pindani Cichlid" they occur naturally & through selective breeding. The lack of pigmentation in "Blue Pindani" ends up as  Snow White Cichlid. These fish usually have red eyes & a few Albino Pindani have faded bands around their body, they are semi-aggressive & territorial.  Common names in Fish Keeping Hobby are Snow white Cichlid, Albino Cichlid, Albino Socolofi, Albino Malawi Cichlid, Albino Mbuna, White Morph, Albino Pindani & so on. The scientific name of this fish is ALBINO PSEUDOTROPHEUS SOCOLOFI; they can be included in a African Cichlid Community Tank or kept with the same species aquarium with one male for every three females or more. Below information would help you understanding their requirement in an aquarium.

Lifespan of Snow White Cichlid

They can live more then 5 years in an aquarium with proper care.

Male Snow White Cichlid

Male Snow White Cichlid have egg spots on Cloacal fin, they are slightly larger than females, more territorial & aggressive than females. They also have pointier Dorsal & Cloacal fin. Male usually guards & chases away other fish from his favorite spot.

Female Snow White Cichlid

Female Snow White Cichlid's are little smaller in size than males. Few Females lack the egg spot on their Cloacal Fin.

Snow White Cichlid Aquarium Care

Snow White Cichlids are aggressive & territorial, this makes it interesting for an Aquarist to keep them without harming other fish or them. 'Pseudotropheus Socolofi' are rock dwelling fish & can get aggressive. Its observed that aggression is suppressed in bigger tanks than smaller ones. Snow white Cichlid's dig a sand nest & guard it, they spend lot of time at the bottom & middle area of an aquarium than the surface area. Below information will help setting up a Tank.

Tank Size Albino Pindani

Minimum 50 Gallon or more. For a Breeding pair 25 Gallon or bigger is recommended. 

Tank Decoration for Snow White Cichlid

Tank Decor is an important aspect of  Snow white Cichlid Tank, a well decorated tank which mimics their natural habitat would suppress aggression. Firstly, sand for tank bottom helps cushion the rocks & Snow White Cichlids like digging & building nest in the sand. Rocks are needed to create caves & hiding places. Using Ceramic Rock-Caves or clay pots are recommended for Snow White Cichlid Tank, this also helps pairing & spawning. 

Temperature Range

(76–82 °F or 24.4–27.8 °C)

pH Range

7.8 to 8.6 is the pH range ( there should never be drastic change's in the pH level)  

GH & KH Range

Soft to hard water, 10 to 15 dGH i.e. under 180 ppm

What to feed your Snow White Cichlid?

Readily available fish food can be Fed to Albino Pindani Cichlids, this includes Pellets, Flakes, Algae wafers, vegetables can be fed, like lettuce, cucumber, Zucchini. Meaty food should be minimal as these fish mainly eat algae from the rock surface in their natural habitat. Spirulina based fish food must be their staple food.

Tank Mates Snow White Cichlid/ Albino Socolofi

30 Gallon tank can hold a Breeding pair, for more Tank mates a bigger tank is needed with a minimum tank size of 75 Gallon or more. Some of the Tank mates which can be included are other types of similar sized Malawi Cichlids (Yellow Lab, Kenyi Cichlids, Auratus, Zebra Obliquedens, Red Zebra etc). There would always be aggression in a Mbuna aquarium it really important to decorate the aquarium with rocks or other decoration & always monitor for aggression. If you do see too much aggression change the decoration, if that does not work simply move the problem fish.

Breeding Snow White Cichlid

Snow White Cichlids are ready to breed in about 6 to 8 months, breeding Albino Socolofi is relatively an easy task; providing them with the right conditions is all it takes. Mating ritual usually starts with the male digging a nest in the sand & guarding it from other fish in the tank. Any fish too close to the nest is chased away, only females are allowed during breeding, male starts circling the female & then female lays the eggs, depending on the size & age of the female she may lay anywhere between 10 to 40 eggs. Female collects the eggs in her mouth like other African mouth brooders. Males flare displaying the egg spot on their cloacal fin, this egg spot is thought by the female as eggs which she missed to collect & then tries to collect them, the stimulated male releases sperm which fertilize eggs in females mouth. Eggs are held in females mouth for up to 3 weeks before they are hatched, during this time the female does not eat, to avoid female getting weaker, within a weeks time that female is holding the eggs, most breeders stripe her off the eggs & hatch it in a fish breeding tumbler/incubator. However, if the eggs are held in the females mouth in 3 weeks time you would have a free swimming fry. It's  highly recommended to raise the fry in a grow-out tank.

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