Cyphotilapia Frontosa - Burundi 6 Stripe, Unsexed, 2-2.5", Farm Raised
Cyphotilapia Frontosa, 6 stripe, Brundi, Unsexed, Farm Raised, 2-2.5"
Temperament: Territorial, but generally not aggressive. Typically gentle and tolerant.
Conspecific Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
Maximum Size: 10-12"+, lifespan of 25+ years
Feeding: feeder fish (live or frozen), mysis, shrimp, krill, and blood worms
Place of Origin: Lake Tanganyika
The Frontosa is considered to be the king of Lake Tanganyika cichlids. There are a number of factors that make this cichlid a great choice including: large size, unique coloring, elaborate fins, and their amiable/outgoing personality. Frontosa are piscivores and will eat anything they can fit into their mouths. Despite being less active and non-aggressive, they excitably greet their owner with the same type of enthusiasm as mbuna.
There are many different color variations throughout the lake. Frontosa are characterized by a white or blue body with 6 or 7 black, vertical bars. Adults develop a large cephalic hump, with the males usually being more pronounced. Males also tend to be larger and can grow to over 12 inches while females generally top out around 10 inches - but this is not always true. The hump develops and increases in size with age. Their fins become more elaborate with age as well. There is nothing quite like the sight of an old Frontosa with long fins flowing gracefully below and behind him. They have an unusually long lifespan of over 25 years.
Frontosa are typically a slower moving fish. They don't expend much energy in hunting down their food - they are nocturnal feeders and don't require much light to fully wake. Fish make up the majority of their diet, with Cyprichromis being their favorite target, which spend the day in large schools in the upper water column, but descend at dusk to the bottom where they hug the bottom. Fronts easily scoop up the Cyprichromis by the mouthful.
In the tank, this cichlid can be fed small feeder fish (live or frozen), mysis, shrimp, krill, and worms. Pellets are also a good choice; however flakes should be avoided after they reach 4 or 5 inches in length.
In the wild, Frontosa live in large groups and should also be kept in larger groups in the aquarium. We typically recommend 4-6 as a minimum to start with.