Cyphotilapia frontosa from Lake Tanganyika

Cyphotilapia frontosa

Adult Cyphotilapia frontosa. Photo by Hectonichus CC-BY-SA-3.0.

Cyphotilapia frontosa are not the largest cichlids in Lake Tanganyika, but it is the largest species regularly collected from the lake. Reaching upwards of 16 inches, a tank full of adult C. frontosa is a site to see. As male C. frontosa mature they develop an impressive hump on their forehead.

In the aquarium Cyphotilapia frontosa need lots of room. They are best kept in groups and when mature a 6 foot tank is best. Sexing C. frontosa can be difficult and is best done by venting each fish. If you think you would like to invest the time, effort and expense of keeping this beautiful fish, check out the Frontosa Corner in the library for articles about proper care, sexing, feeding and even collecting. Discussion can be done in the Lake Tanganyika forum.

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