Frontosa – Cyphotilapia frontosa

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Cyphotilapia frontosa
Cyphotilapia frontosa
Cyphotilapia frontosa
Cyphotilapia frontosa

The king of Lake Tanganyika. Frontosa’s are highly sort after by African Cichlid enthusiasts all over the world, mainly for their unique look, size, longevity, hardiness, breeding ability and colour.

Common Name(s) : Frontosa; Humphead Cichlid

Family : Cichlidae

Subfamily : Pseudocrenilabrinae

Genus Cyphotilapia

Species : Cyphotilapia frontosa

Origin : East Africa

PH : 7.5 – 8.5

Hardness : Moderately Hard to Hard

Temperature : 24 – 28°C / 75–82 °F

Maximum Size : 40 cm / 16 inches

Lifespan : Up to 25 years

Aggression Level : Moderately High (7.5/10)

Recommended Tank Size : 300 Litres +

Strata : Bottom half

TANK SET UP

Coral Sand as a substrate and plenty of rocks and caves.

SUITABLE TANK MATES

  • African Cichlids
  • Some American Cichlids
  • Clown Loaches
  • Rift Lake Catfish

DIET

Vary their diet with pellets, brine shrimp, bloodworm and spirulina

SEXING AND BREEDING

Male Frontosa’s have a larger, more pronounced hump on their forehead.

Frontosa are mouthbrooders. The female take the eggs in her mouth after the spawning and keep them there for about a month. The fry are quite large when they are released and will accept baby brine shrimp.

OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION

More to come !!

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