Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Cyphotilapia Frontosa [TANGANYIKA CICHLIDS]

cyphotilapia frontosa

General Specifications

Latin Name: Cyphotilapia Frontosa
Geographic Origin: North of Tanganyika Lake
Living Area: Deep reef areas.
Nutrition Format: Omnivorous. Their diet consist of small fish, various invertebrates, phytoplankton and moss in nature. In the aquarium, quality dry feed and frozen baits should be given.
Behavior: Peaceful against the fish that can not swallow.
Behavior to Their Type: Moderate Aggressive
Swimming Level: Base
Gender Discrimination: Both male and female develops hump but it is more pronounced in men. Alpha is the largest fish in the men's group and a darker color.


Females 25-70 eggs will hatch in the mouth for 28 days. It is not difficult to produce. A man with 4-5 female is recommended. Double fish are separated from the group and prepare the area where they breed. Man keeps chasing other fish from the region. Frontosa they leave their eggs in a cavity or pots. When ovulation starts, the female lays eggs and then gets her mouth and eggs are fertilized by the male. Spawning repeated this process several times before completion. It is recommended that to seperate female fish to an other aquarium to increase the living chance after coupling. Frontosa puppies are quite large and comfortably accommodates live bait such as brine shrimp. It can also be supplied with small grain forage. Water quality is directly related with grow rate of offspring.

Living Medium

Temperature: 24 ° C - 26 ° C
Maximum Sizes: 35 cm.
Minimum Aquarium Capacity: 560 liters for a small group.
Water Hardness: 10-20 ° dH
pH: 8.5 - 9.1

General Comments: There are some differences between the gibberos and this type. This species was found in the northern part of the lake, gibberos is located in southern.  There are some differences in their size, scales and fins. There are fewer teeth on the upper jaw and the body heights are different. They are the fish that reach large sizes and used as food by people from the local area. They live in the deeper parts of the lake where aren't easily imitated in the aquarium. However, feeding will be quite easy if sufficient space provided. A group which consisting of 6 fish is recommended. 80-100 liters of water per a frontosa must be set. Men can beat the female, so it is useful to keep the maximum number of female. Generally peaceful to tank mates unless they are very small. With similar sized other Tanganyika cichlids or Synodontis catfish can be fed together. There are several varieties of frontosa, which vary depending on the region they are caught in Lake Tanganyika.