Cyrtocara moorii

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Lake Malawi
Length : 25 cm - 10"
Min. length aquarium : 200 cm - 80"
English namen : Humphead Mouthbrooder, Malawi blue dolphin
Peaceful cichlid that does not bother plants generally and does not dig in the substrate much.  One male should be kept together with several females.  The aquarium should be set up with stones and rocks on the sides and background because they need hiding places. You should leave enough free swimming space. A sandy substrate is appreciated.  A territory is made. 

You should give them powerful live food.  Chopped beef heart is accepted as well.

Breeding is fairly easy.  Up to 90 eggs are laid on a stone.  Immediately after that the female takes the eggs in the mouth.  They are fertilized by the male using the dummy egg method.  The female cares for the fry about 4 weeks.  You can raise the young fishes with baby brine shrimp.  A regular changing of the water is necessary.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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