African Cichlid | Obiquidens

African Cichlid | Obiquidens

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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: Astatotilapia latifasciata

Common Name: Zebra Obliquidens, Victoria Zebra Fish

Adult Size: 5 - 6 inches

Life Expectancy: 10 years

Habitat: Lake Kyoga and Lake Nawampassa (Uganda)

Minimum Tank Size: 75 gallons

Ideal Tank Conditions: 

  • Temperature Range: 78°F
  • pH Range: 7.0 - 8.0
  • Hardness Range: 10 - 15

    Temperament: Mildly aggressive

    Diet & Nutrition: While carnivorous in the wild, this species will do well with a cichlid flake or pellet designed for African cichlids. Will also accept chunks of frozen brine shrimp or frozen beef heart.

    Breeding & Spawning: Maternal mouthbrooders.  Females will guard the fry for up to two months after release allowing them to be raised in the same tank with the parents.

    Gender: The belly of the males turn red and portions of the body turn yellow. Females remain greenish-brown with black or dark brown vertical stripes.