Welcome Lake Tanganyika queen cichlid (Cyphotilapia frontosa)

Frontosa Cichlid or humphead cichlid (Cyphotilapia frontosa, earlier named Paratilapia frontosa) is a very beautiful fish and it’s very popular among cichlid-fans.

Etymology of the fish name Cyphotilapia is the following: Cypho from Greek means a “hunchback” and Tilapia when translated from the local dialect means “fish”.

The translation of the specific name frontosa from Latin means “with a big forehead”. Frontosa are perfect for the experienced aquarists. Frontosa fish is large with very nice, deep and contrastive coloring.

Cyphotilapia frontosa is a slow fish which doesn’t keep it from being Lake Tanganyika queen cichlid and raptorial feeder. In the wild frontosa cichlid spends a little energy to stalk its prey. These fish advantage is that they are nocturnal feeders and they don’t need a lot of light.
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Keep reading…Welcome Lake Tanganyika queen cichlid (Cyphotilapia frontosa)

Blue dolphin moorii (Cyrtocara moorii)

Blue dolphin moorii (Cyrtocara moorii) is an unusual tank fish which came from Malawi Lake in Africa. Blue moorii is rather popular among cichlid-fans first of all due to its bright-blue color and also to its unusual body shape with a big bump on the fish head.

At that moorii blue dolphin cichlid isn’t a small fish at all. H. moorii max size can be 25 cm and longer. They are peaceful enough, but males can be rather aggressive to each other and it’s better to keep them in a harem consisting of one male and 3-4 females.

Such a harem inhabits in its own territory which is thoroughly guarded only during the spawning period. However, during the rest of time blue dolphin is more tolerate. Keeping in a tank is rather easy under the condition that they live in a spacious aquarium with clean water that has stable parameters and the aquarium is designed appropriately.

It’s better to design it as a biotop with a sandy bottom that has a big number of rocks and different covers which leave enough space for the fish to swim.
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Ram cichlid: keeping and breeding at the tank

Ram cichlid (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi) is a small, good looking, peaceful fish.

Although it was discovered 30 years later than it’s relative bolivian ram (Mikrogeophagus altispinosus) but it is a butterfly cichlid that is widely known and sold.

Though, both these cichlids are dwarf ones, the blue ram is smaller in size then the bolivian ram and it growth up to 5 cm of body length. In the wild this fish is a bit larger – about 7 cm in length.

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Cockatoo Cichlid (Apistogramma cacatuoides)

The сockatoo сichlid (Apistogramma cacatuoides) is one of the easiest dwarf cichlids to keep, however it’s not the most spread one among the aquarists.

It’s difficult to tell why it happened so, – possibly it’s the order of the day now or it’s about the fact that this fish is higher priced. But it is likely to be about the cockatoo cichlid fry color which is inconspicuous and which doesn’t hit the eye considering all the motley of the market.

Just like all cockatoo dwarf cichlids the cacatuoides is good for community tank. The fish is small in size and it’s not an aggressive one so it even can be kept together with small tetras (Characinidae).

Then again it’s a cichlid after all and still it will hunt fry and small prawns, therefore it’s better not to keep them together.
cockatoo dwarf cichlid

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