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Altolamprologus calvus
Altolamprologus compressiceps

Benthochromis tricoti

Callochromis macrops
Callochromis melanostigma
Callochromis pleurospilus

Chalinochromis brichardi
Chalinochromis popelini

Ctenochromis horei

Cyathopharynx foae
Cyathopharynx furcifer

Cyphotilapia frontosa

Cyprichromis leptosoma
Cyprichromis sp. "leptosoma jumbo speckleback rainbow"
Cyprichromis microlepidotus

Enantiopus melanogenys

Eretmodus cyanostictus
Eretmodus sp. "cyanostictus full bar"

Gnathochromis permaxillaris

Julidochromis dickfeldi
Julidochromis marlieri
Julidochromis ornatus
Julidochromis regani
Julidochromis transcriptus

<Lamprologus> brevis
<Lamprologus> calliurus
<Lamprologus> caudopunctatus
<Lamprologus> multifasciatus
<Lamprologus> ocellatus
<Lamprologus> similis
<Lamprologus> speciosus
<Lamprologus> stappersi

Lepidiolamprologus hecqui
Lepidiolamprologus elongatus
Lepidiolamprologus meeli

Neolamprologus brichardi
Neolamprologus buescheri
Neolamprologus crassus
Neolamprologus cylindricus
Neolamprologus falcicula
Neolamprologus kungweensis
Neolamprologus leleupi
Neolamprologus marunguensis
Neolamprologus nigriventris
Neolamprologus pulcher
Neolamprologus savoryi
Neolamprologus sexfasciatus
Neolamprologus signatus
Neolamprologus tetracanthus
Neolamprologus tretocephalus

Ophthalmotilapia nasuta
Ophthalmotilapia ventralis

Paracyprichromis nigripinnis


Tanganicodus irsacae

Telmatochromis vittatus

Triglachromis otostigma

Tropheus annectens
Tropheus sp."black"
Tropheus brichardi
Tropheus duboisi
Tropheus sp."ikola"
Tropheus moorii
Tropheus sp."red"

Variabilichromis moorii

Xenotilapia flavipinnis
Xenotilapia ochrogenys
Xenotilapia sp. "papilio sunflower"
Xenotilapia spilopterus

Non cichlids
Aethiomastacembelus ellipsifer
Brycinus sp."tiger"
Synodontis multipunctatus
Synodontis petricola

Lake Tanganyika map




Cyphotilapia frontosa

Photo © Michael Persson
Cyphotilapia frontosa

Trade name and synonyms
Humphead cichlid, Frontosa, Paratilapia frontosa, Pelmatochromis frontosus, Cyphotilapia frontosus.

Can reach a length of 30 cm (12 in.), females up to 25 cm (10 in.).

Shrimp mix and full-grown brine shrimps.

The aquarium should not be smaller than 500 litres (110 gal.) for this cichlid.

Cyphotilapia frontosa occurs at great depths in rocky habitats. There are difficulties with decompression after collecting this cichlid at depths down to 60 meters (200 ft.).

If it is kept in an aquarium that's big enough it's fairly easy to breed this mouth brooder.

Cyphotilapia frontosa is a peaceful and shy cichlid, sometimes it even seems to be a bit stupid. It should be kept in groups of at least 5 specimens. If the company in the aquarium is too lively it could be retiring, and have difficulties to reach the food by the feeding. Too small fishes are neither any good company to the frontosa because it could approach them as food.
If you have enough space in your aquarium I think that you should try those cichlids. It's a really nice cichlid that often appears to have personality like an ordinary pet. They often get tame and their obstinacy gives a impression of intelligence.

Occurs all around the Lake Tanganyika in different variants.

Photo © Michael Persson
Cyphotilapia frontosa

Photo © Michael Persson
Cyphotilapia frontosa

Photo © Michael Persson
Cyphotilapia frontosa

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