Pseudosimochromis curvifrons from Lake Tanganyika

Pseudosimochromis curvifrons

Pseudosimochromis curvifrons. Photo by Ad Konings

Not as well known as the popular Tropheus, Pseudosimochromis curvifrons is a colorful, grazing herbivore found throughout Lake Tanganyika. Aggressive and territorial, P. curvifrons make their home in shallow, rocky areas along the shore. Unlike Tropheus, P. curvifrons do not congregate in large groups. Instead they are found in pairs or small groups. Adult males are colorful while females and young adults are mostly silver with vertical bars. Both sexes have a very blunt face and a wide mouth.

In the aquarium Pseudosimochromis curvifrons can be difficult to manage. Males are extremely territorial and will not tolerate other males. Even other species can expect a fair amount of aggression. Females can be a handful too. Best kept in groups of one male to multiple females. Plenty of rocks should be provided to provide cover. A diet high in plant matter is a must. To discuss this species visit the Lake Tanganyika Species forum.


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