Placidochromis milomo or Super VC10 hap is a rather peaceful Malawi Cichlid mostly known for its rubbery lips. They can reach a total length of around 20 centimeters. In the aquarium trade you can find them by names as: Super VC 10 and Black White Haplochromis. The name Placidochromis is derived from two Latin words: Placidus which means “of peaceful or tranquile appearance” and chromis which means fish or perch. Their species name milomo is derived from the word Mlomo which means “lip” in Malawi.
The Super VC-10 Hap is one of the larger of the Haps available in the hobby. Both sexes are arguably beautiful, dominant males develop an electric blue colouring that spreads across the body and is more prominent near the head, they lose the camouflage style stripes that you see in females, juveniles and sub-dom males. These stripes are actually pretty so both sexes are a great addition to your aquarium. This species is solitary in nature and if kept should be limited to one male per aquarium which can be kept with a harem of females along with other large Malawi cichlids such as Haps and Aulonocara.
Placidochromis Milomo lives near the shores of Lake Malawi, from Nkhata Bay to the Nankumba Peninsula and from Thumbi Island to Zambo. Females and sub-adult males look very similar, the males just grow a bit larger and have elongated dorsal, anal and pectoral fins. Dominant males show much more color.