Labeotropheus is a genus of cichlid fish endemic to Lake Malawi in eastern Africa. It includes at least 2 species, each with a number of subspecies or races. Further taxonomic work is required to determine how many species exist. These cichlids are popular ornamental fish and are ideally suited to the cichlid aquarium. Like many Malawi cichlids, Labeotropheus species are algal grazers.
Like all cichlids from Lake Malawi these cichlids are best maintained in hard, alkaline water. Labeotropheus are best kept in aquariums with volumes greater than 31.5 gallon (120 l). The aquarium should be decorated with rocks, although caves can also be easily created from terracotta pots.