This species is not common in the hobby. My fish came from the Vienna Zoo and Anton Lamboj in 2009. The fish in the video are the remaining male and two females from the original group of five. The have produced fry a few times, but have not had a successful spawn in several months. I have a few growing up that are close to spawning size, and I have distributed a few dozen around. If you have some of this species that came from my fish room… get them breeding, because who knows if we will ever see it again!
Hopefully we will see wild fish in a little over a month. C. melaniae is one of our target species for the trip we are taking to Gabon in February. There are a few other Chromidotilapia species we are hoping to find as well, and my goal is to bring back as many species of this genus as I can. The rainbow in the tank is Chilatherina fasciatus ‘Faowi Village’, a really nice larger species that makes a good tank mate for larger, semi-aggressive cichlids.