What Do Mbuna Cichlids Eat ?

Last updated: September 29, 2022

The Mbuna cichlids are mostly herbivores, but they like to supplement their algae diet with insects, tiny snails and such. The herbivore Mbuna cichlids have elongated intestines that make it possible for them to extract protein and carbohydrates from algae.

The carnivorous Mbuna cichlids are also known as “rock-dwelling”, because they usually live in rocky areas where they can hide easily. Most of these Mbuna cichlids eat small fish, crustaceans and insect larvae.

The omnivorous Mbuna cichlids eat both plant and animal matter. These omnivores will eat a variety of foods, including algae, planktonic material, insect larvae, mollusks and other small invertebrates.

Mbuna Cichlid Feeding Requirements

Mbuna Cichlids need a varied diet to keep them healthy and happy. Algae wafers (preferably Spirulina) should be included in the diet of most Mbuna Cichlids at least once or twice per week if possible. A well-balanced diet of flake food or pellets is also recommended as the main source of nutrition for your Mbuna Cichlids.

Mbuna cichlids are a medium-sized species of cichlid that is native to Lake Malawi. These fish grow to be about 5 inches long, but they can live for up to 15 years if cared for properly. Mbunas are relatively easy to care for and are one of the most popular fish in the aquarium trade. However, when choosing your Mbuna cichlid, there are a few things that you should consider before buying one.

Mbuna Cichlid Care

Mbunas are aggressive and territorial fish, so they should only be kept with other Mbunas or other similarly aggressive fish such as convicts or angelfish. They will not get along well with any other species in your tank. The ideal tank size is 120 gallons with plenty of hiding places and caves where they can hide from other cichlids and relax when they’re not feeding.

Mbuna Cichlid Diet

Mbunas are carnivores that will eat almost any type of food you offer them including pellets, flakes, freeze-dried bloodworms and brine shrimp