What kind of fish can I put with frontosa?
There are a cornucopia
of fish that you can put in the same tank with frontosa. That is, if adequate
space is provided. Remember that female frontosas can grow to about ten
inches while males can exceed a foot!
Many people like to have a plecostomus type algae eater in their aquarium.
This is fine as long as the "pleco" is similar in size to the
largest frontosa. We don't want to look in the tank one day and wonder when
the last time we saw the pleco was!
Some people like to keep bottom feeders in the tank. A good choice would
be a clown loach. These fish have a mother nature supplied "switchblade"
that they can use for defense. It comes in very handy when our frontosas
are feeling a bit hungry.
Any other fish that enjoys a high protein diet, is not too hyper, and
is not too small for the frontosa to eat will make a good tankmate. Some
examples of good tankmates: C. Moori (blue dolphin), P. Phenochilus, in
fact most of the Lake Malawi Haplochromines will do well with frontosa.
From Lake Tanganyika, larger A. Calvus and A. Compressiceps also due quite
well due to their slow movement and defensive nature.
Ask around what others keep, you may be surprised what works for them
in spacious living quarters. Also, experiment a bit for yourself. You
may be rewarded with a colorful and healthy aquarium. □