Like all cichlids from Lake Malawi these cichlids are best maintained in hard, alkaline water. Sciaenochromis are best kept in aquariums with volumes greater than 210 l (55 gallon). Only the males of S. fryeri possess the impressive, electric-blue coloration, while females are dull grey, and generally similar to the females of other Sciaenochromis and Aulonocara species. This is an aggressive fish, and the minimum tank size of 210 litres is only acceptable with a trio of 1 male and 2 females. If you are planning on keeping more males, it is highly recommended to have a larger tank, 350 lt/100 gal being the minimum. Males can also display aggression towards similarly-coloured fish of other species, for example Aulonocara or Placidochromis.