Anomalochromis thomasi from West Africa

Anomalochromis thomasi

Anomalochromis thomasi. Photo by Dave Hansen

Commonly known as the African butterfly cichlid, Anomalochromis thomasi is found in small streams of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Males can reach sizes of about 3 inches while females are slightly smaller. Their size makes them a great choice for anyone looking for a dwarf species or with limited tank space. A minimum of 20 gallons is recommended for a single pair. They are colorful, peaceful and fun to watch.

In the aquarium Anomalochromis thomasi are easy to maintain. Water requirements aren’t too strict and they aren’t fuzzy eaters. Once a pair forms, the female will lay eggs on a flat surface for the male to fertilize. The pair will then defend the area from other fish. Food high in protein is recommended to encourage spawning. For more information on this wonderful little cichlid visit the West African Species forum.

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