Amphilophus altifrons

81F
Explanation of the symbols

73F

Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia
Length : 22 cm - 9"
Min.length aquarium : 180 cm - 70"
This fish is very aggressive to species of their own kind.  You should keep them as a couple. The best way is to raise a group of unrelated juveniles to sexual maturity and allow them to pair off. The best pair should be chosen for breeding and other pairs should be removed.  The aquarium should be setup with a lot of driftwood and stones that form caves and hiding places.  The fish will dig up the substrate material, so it is best to use no plants except they are well anchored.  Enough free swimming space should be left.  A strong filter and a frequent changing of the water is necessary.

They are omnivorous.  You should give them a great variety of live and frozen food. You better give them no red worms.

Breeding with a good pair is easy.  Eggs are laid and fertilized on a flat substrate.  Both parents take care of the fry.  When the young fishes are swimming free you can feed them new born baby brine shrimp and after a few days fine dry flakes

Photo Credit

Jens Gottwald

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