African Cichlid | Blue Moorii

African Cichlid | Blue Moorii

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(Please note that the fish shown in the photo is only a representative of what an adult specimen would look like. The color may vary based on the age and sex of the fish you receive.)

Scientific Name:  Cyrtocara moorii

Common Name: Blue Dolphin Cichlid, Malawi Blue Dolphin, Hump-head, Blue Lumphead, Hap Moorii and Humphead Mouthbrooder

Adult Size: 9 - 10 inches

Life Expectancy: 10 years

Habitat: Africa rift lake area and Lake Malawi

Minimum Tank Size: 75 gallons

Ideal Tank Conditions: 

  • Temperature Range: 78°F
  • pH Range: 7.0 - 8.0
  • Hardness Range: 10 - 18

    Temperament: Semi-aggressive

    Diet & Nutrition: Carnivore; live, fresh, and tablet foods

    Breeding & Spawning: Mouth brooder; female will pick up the eggs into her mouth for incubation. Polygamous in nature and form a matriarchal family. Suggested to have one male with 3 - 6 females. Because they are difficult to sex, the best way to for a breeding group is to start with a group of eight to ten juveniles and let them grow up together.

    Gender: Difficult to differentiate males and females. They have the same coloration and they both develop a hump on their forehead. However, the males can be larger and the cranial bump may also be larger, but this takes several years to develop. Males may also be more brightly colored, but this is not always the case.