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
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.