Frontosa Cichlid



Frontosa Cichlid

The Frontosa Cichlid lives twenty five years and grows to about one foot. These are splendid cichlids and males grow a distinctive hump on their head. In fact the word frontosa is Latin for “big forehead”. These fish are appropriate for a large species community or cichlid tank. Since they are difficult to breed and grow slowly like most Tanganyikans, they are a bit more expensive than their Lake Malawi cousins. There are several variants available of the Frontosa cichlid, the most common, though still exceptional, is the 6-stripe Burundi Frontosa, pictured here. Other variations, including the Blue Zaire Frontosa and the Red Frontosa, are listed on separately. For simply “frontosa” we carry six band burundi and seven band, both are the same species but have a slight variation in color (burundi are a bit deeper black).

  • Scientific name: Cyphotilapia frontosa
  • Origin: Lake Tanganyika
  • Diet: Pellets, live feeders
  • Max Size: 12 inches
  • Lifespan: 25 years
  • Shipping Size: Approx. Small 1 inch Medium 2 inches

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