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Frontosa Cichlids
       
Sometimes we have a few Frontosa Cichlids for sale at our online retail Tropical Fish store. Click here for more about buying a Frontosa from us.
 
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  This video shows a mature male Frontosa Cichlid swimming among a pile of rocks in an aquarium.
 

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Frontosa Cichlids live in the deep water down among the piles rocks in Lake Tanganyika in East Africa where the female Frontosa Cichlids mouth brood their eggs and young fry.

 
 
Male Frontosa 12" at AquariumFish.net, a retail Tropical Fish store.   This picture shows a very big male Frontosa about 12" long with a huge bump on his head, blue coloration on his face, and long pointed fins that are typical of an old dominant male his size and age.
 
 
Cyphotilapia Frontosa Male by AquariumFish.net, Tropical Fish stores.   This is a smaller younger 9" male Frontosa. He has the metallic blue color, long pointed fins, and bump on his head that are seen on a dominant male about his size. Click on each picture to see a bigger picture.
 
 
Frontosa Cichlid female at AquariumFish.net, African Cichlid dealers.   This 8" female Frontosa is holding eggs in her mouth, and her throat is extended. Compared to males, her fins are shorter, the bump on her head is smaller, and she lacks the metallic blue coloration.

 


Scientific Name: Cyphotilapia frontosa


Appropriate Home
An Aquarium with an External Power Filter with a BIO-Wheel, a maximum of 1/4" gravel, and an Aquarium Heater adjusted to between 78 and 82 degrees F. Eventually this fish will need a big aquarium with plenty of aquarium-safe caves and rocks. Click here for more about warm water aquariums.

     

Recommended Diet
When a Frontosa is small, feed it floating flake food and freeze dried blood worms both available from most stores that sell pet fish. Later when the Frontosa grows bigger, feed Hikari Cichlid Pellets and an occasional treat of live or frozen brine shrimp. Do NOT live Black Worms. Click here for more about feeding fish. Do not feed your Frontosa any kind of worms such as Brown Tubifex Worms or Black Worms. Click here for more about Black Worms.

 
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Compatibility
Keep one Frontosa in an aquarium or several but not 2 or 3, because the dominant one will make the others miserable. Eventually Frontosa will need a large aquarium with various large Lake Tanganyika Cichlids and Synodontis Catfish as tank mates.
 
Click here to read more about several other groups of compatible fish.

 
 

Size and Lifespan
12" and then bigger. Their lifespan is more than 10 years.

 
 
Links about Frontosa
Click here to go to Frontosa Fantasia, a web site about Frontosas, with pictures, videos, maps, and lots of interesting information about Frontosas.
 
 
Books about
The Cichlids of Lake Tanganyika

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Click on this image to go to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about this book.   Tanganyika Cichlids in their natural  habitat
By Ad Konings
Hardcover
272 pages
 
The Cichlid Fishes: Nature's Grand Experiment in Evolution
By George W. Barlow, Ph.D.
Hardcover
352 pages
 
Click on this image to go to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about this book. Lake Tanganyika Cichlids
By Mark Smith
Paperback
 
Click on this image to go to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about this book. Lake Tanganyika Cichlid Aquarium
by Georg Zurlo
Paperback
64 pages
 
Click on this image to go to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about this book. Guide to Tanganyika Cichlids
By Ad Konings
Hardcover
128 pages
 
Click on this image to go to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about this book. African Cichlids of Lake Tanganyika
By David E. Boruchowitz
Hardcover
 
Click on this image to go to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about this book. Success with Cichlids from Lake  Malawi & Tanganyika
By Sabine Melke
Hardcover
 
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