African Cichlid | Frontosa

African Cichlid | Frontosa

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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: Cyphotilapia frontosa

Common Name: Humphead Cichlid, Frontosa

Adult Size: 14 inches

Life Expectancy: 20 years

Habitat: Lake Tanganyika, Africa

Minimum Tank Size: 70 gallons

Ideal Tank Conditions: 

  • Temperature Range: 78°F
  • pH Range: 7.0 - 8.0
  • Hardness Range: 12 - 15

    Temperament: Semi-aggressive

    Diet & Nutrition: Carnivores; will generally eat all kinds of live foods. Slow feeder and will eat pellets as well as a variety of meaty foods such as feeder fish, worms and crustaceans; ie. mysis, shrimp, and krill. Frozen foods such as brine shrimp is also considered as a good protein source.

    Breeding & Spawning: Egg layers that form matriarchal families. Monogamous, where one male spawns with several females. Takes about 3 to 4 years for these fish to reach sexual maturity, and males mature more slowly than females.  Female is a mouth brooder that is a cave spawner in the wild. In the aquarium she prefers spawning on the substrate.

    Gender: The male is larger, and often has a more pronounced cranial hump than the female.