Cyphotilapia frontosa

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Lake Tanganyika
Length : 35 cm - 14"
Min. length aquarium : 200 cm - 80"
English name : Frontosa
Fairly peaceful fish that makes a territory.  The aquarium should be set up with stones and rocks that form caves and crevices where they can hide. The rocks should be firmly anchored.  Some plants also can be used as decoration but are not necessary.  The substrate should be sandy.  They barely dig in the substrate. 

You should give them large live food such as lobster and small fishes.

Breeding is easy.  Up to 50 eggs are laid in a cave.  After the male has fertilized the eggs the female takes them in her mouth. After hatching the young fishes are protected by the female during 6 weeks.  When they are in danger she takes the young fishes in her mouth again.  You can raise the young fishes with baby brine shrimp.  They grow quickly.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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