This is a very attractive fish and grows to be one of the larger Mbuna. Males have blue hues across the body and striking black vertical stripes, which start from the head area. Females are dull in comparison but are still beautiful with shades of blue visible on a grey body. This is a fish that develops a stocky body specially the males and is very territorial. Tank mates should be other Mbuna but avoid housing with similar looking fish. For breeding purposes they are best in a tank of their own housing 1 male and a harem of females.