Polygamous species. Females incubate eggs in the mouth for 15 to 20 days.
Victoria, sandy biotopes. Length – up to 13 cm. the body is greyish-green, with 8-10 dark transverse bands. Head silvery, shiny. Dorsal fin blue, in the soft part with red dots, strokes and edging. The anal fin is red in front, blue behind, with 3-4 yellow in a black ringlet (spots). The caudal fin is red at the edges. Females are paler, the ventral fins are yellowish, while the males are black.
Tanganyika. Length – up to 12 cm Males during courtship of the female painted very nicely. The body is brownish on the back, the sides with a strong blue sheen. Behind the head is a group of rusty red dots, the sides of the head are dark blue, shiny. The throat is painted black, black stripes pass through the eye and on the forehead. The dorsal and caudal fins are blue, with rows of round reddish spots. On the blue anal fin 4-6 yellow reliever in black rings. Females are silvery-olive, with black stripes on the head. Productivity – up to 80 eggs. An unpretentious species, known to aquarists long before acquaintance with the bulk of the cichlids of Tanganyika.