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Astatotilapia latifasciata
by Robert De Leon
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Spawns took place in traditional mouthbrooder fashion. When a female was ready the male would display and they'd circle each other depositing and fertilizing the eggs. Spawns between 20-25 eggs were the norm. On a couple occasions I did see some unusual spawning behavior. Instead of spawning on a rock or sand, the pair would spawn on the leaves of some anabias. The female would deposit the egg and quickly pick it up. I mentioned this to someone who had kept many different types of Victorian cichlids. His explanation was that because of their swampy natural environment, spawning would take place on plants as opposed to the muddy bottom. Don't know if it is a fact or speculation.


Pair spawning

I've kept Astatotilapia latifasciata with other Victorians including Pundamilia, Xystichromis and Neochromis. While care should always be taken to hybridization, I found that other species paid little attention to A. latifasciata females. Their clearly visible barring made species confusion unlikely. A. latifasciata males had no interest in other species' females


Larger male juveniles starting to color

Astatotilapia latifasciata is the ideal fish for all types of hobbyists. Beginners to the hobby or just those testing the waters of Victorian cichlids, A. latifasciata are both peaceful and hardy. Their color makes them a great addition to any tank and their lax dietary requirements means that can fit in with both herbivores and carnivores. Give them a try!

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