Mpimbwe Blue Frontosa Cichlid (Cyphotilapia gibberosa) CareSheet
The Mpimbwe Blue Frontosa Cichlid (Cyphotilapia gibberosa) is a deep-water Tanganyikan that grows to be bigger than most other cichlids found in the vast rift lake. This Tanzanian native species variant gets a beautiful blue sheen throughout its whole body as it ages, in addition to the regular black and white striping seen in other frontosas like Burundi Frontosa
and Black Widow Frontosa
. It was formerly thought to be one of the numerous geographic varieties of Cyphotilapia frontosa, but it has now been described as a separate, though related, species. In the lake, it enjoys gloomy, deep, motionless waters, and it prefers the similar circumstances in the aquarium.
In an aquarium with heaps of rocks that resemble caves, the Mpimbwe Blue Frontosa Cichlid will flourish. The optimum substrate for this species is sand. It is advisable to keep it in groups since it is a sociable species. Individuals of this species, unlike many Tanganyikan cichlids, do not create separate territories per se, but there is a clear hierarchy within each group, necessitating the provision of shelter for subdominant fish (particularly males) to flee from alpha males. During spawning, territoriality is usually at its height. The Mpimbwe Blue Frontosa Cichlid should not be housed with dwarf shrimp or other tiny, sensitive invertebrates. Tanganyikan cichlids that are too big to be considered prey make ideal tankmates. If spawning is desired, other species should be kept to a minimum or avoided entirely unless the aquarium is large enough with enough of cover and aquascaping.
The Mpimbwe Blue Frontosa Cichlid is a fuss-free feeder. Freeze dried plankton
, frozen, and live meaty items of high quality will all be welcomed. This species should not be fed dry items entirely since quality and diversity are the keys to a diet that will guarantee that it maintains maximum health and color. It is largely a carnivore, although it needs some vegetable flake food
in its diet as well.
Requirements for keeping Cyphotilapia gibberosa
Minimum Tank Size: 70 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Tank Conditions: 79-83°F; pH 5.0-7.0
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 10"
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