Cyathopharynx furcifer

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Lake Tanganyika
Length : 20 cm - 8"
Min. length aquarium : 180 cm - 70"
English name : Featherfin cichlid
To other species this fish is not very aggressive, but to species of their own kind the territory is defended very fanatic.  The aquarium should be set up on the sides and background with stones and rocks that form caves and crevices.  The substrate should be sandy.  A good filter and a regular changing of the water are necessary.

In their natural habitat they feed on micro-organisms and zooplankton.  In the aquarium they eat all kind of live and dry food after habituation. 

Breeding is not very difficult.  A few eggs are laid in a large crater nest.  Immediately after that the female takes the eggs in  her mouth and she bites to the end of the ventral fin.  At that moment the eggs are fertilized.  This ritual is repeated till 25 eggs are laid.  After 3 weeks and at a temperature of 26C (79F) the young fishes leave the mouth of the mother for the first time.  You can raise them with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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