Buttikoferi Cichlids for Sale
now to buy
video shows a big Buttikoferi male
that's pushing on a smaller female Buttikoferi.
here for the price of the much smaller
Buttikoferi for sale now in our facility.
video shows another big Buttikoferi
Click on the images above.
is a Cichlid from West Africa unlike most of the
African Cichlids, whose ancestors lived in the Great
Lakes in East Africa. Buttikoferi
grow fast to large sizes and are often kept in aquariums
Mbunas Cichlids from Lake Malawi. Mbunas and
Buttikoferi seem to be compatible, even though the
Buttikoferi soon grow to be much larger than the
is a picture of a mature 16" Buttikoferi
that lives in a large aquarium. We have
smaller Buttikoferi for sale in our
here for more about buying Buttikoferi
and other African Cichlids.
When they are small, feed them floating flake food
and freeze dried blood worms. Later when the Buttikoferi
have grown to about 3", start feeding them Hikari
Cichlid Pellets. All these foods are available in
most stores that sell pet fish.
Feed your Buttikoferi an occasional treat of live
or frozen brine shrimp, but do not feed them Black
here for more about feeding fish.
to an aquarium or more than 3. Buttikoferi are Cichlids
and like most Cichlids if you keep just 2 or 3 in
the same aquarium, the strongest one will make the
others miserable. Buttikoferi do very well in a
group of 6 or more in a large aquarium with 50 gallons
or more of water. Eventually
a group of six Buttikoferi will need a very large
I also have one of these
fish ... you might be interested
to know she is between 15
- 17 years old; she was
about 8 inches long when
my mom purchased her in
1986! We call her
Alvin, but she is probably
a female. So I guess
she never read her lifespan
is between 6 and 10 years!
She is fairly healthy, but
does have some swimming
problems from time to time.
She still loves to eat!
We give her a variety of
frozen, freeze-dried, and
live foods including frozen
brine, cooked veggies, crickets,
and earthworms. She lives
in a 55-gallon by herself
and her tank is cleaned
once a week (50% water change).
I guess we are doing something
right! She also has the
neatest personality; very
intelligent and quite the
"people fish"! After
15 years, we could write
a book about all her stories!
She won numerous ribbons
at a local fish show, and
my mom won a story contest
writing about her for a
local pet magazine.
Jennifer, thank you for your interesting comments.
Most Buttikoferi could live this long if given good
care. But I would recommend changing no more than
20% of the water on one day. So you could change
20% of the water twice a week instead of 50% once
a week. Thanks again for telling us about your Buttikoferi.
When a large Cichlid,
such as your Buttikoferi or an Oscar, is kept alone
in one large aquarium, it will focus more of its
attention on people and become more of a "people
Some people worry
that their fish will be lonely when kept alone in
one aquarium. But this does not seem to be the case
Buttikoferi Picture Gallery
Above, a very large Buttikoferi. Estimated to be more than 16" long with a dark grey-green coloration.
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