Fish Profiles: Frontosa Cichlid
The Frontosa cichlid is a freshwater fish species native to Lake Tanganyika in East Africa. It is also known by its scientific name Cyphotilapia frontosa. This fish is semi-aggressive and requires a tank size of at least 75 gallons per specimen. It grows up to 8-12 inches in size and has a lifespan of 10 to 15 years.
Scientific name: Cyphotilapia frontosa
Average size: 22-25cm
Origin: Northern Lake Tanganyika
Ideal conditions: 8.0-9.0 pH / 20-45°H
Temperament: Relatively peaceful with larger species
Expect to pay in store: £15-25
Frontosa Cichlid are easy to keep, and will feed on a diet of cichlid pellets, frozen cichlid food and live river shrimp. Do not house with ornamental shrimp - they will eat them. An aquarium with plenty of rounded rocks and open spaces, with loose substrate, will mimic their habitat in the wild.