Benitochromis ufermanni

Benitochromis ufermanni. Photo by Dave Hansen​

Benitochromis ufermanni can be found in various rivers and streams around Korup National Park in Cameroon. B. ufermanni is a small cichlid. The largest males rarely reach 4 inches in length. In the wild B. ufermanni feeds on both plant matter, insects and young fry. The species is said to be a bi-parental mouthbrooder, with both parents taking turns with the eggs until they are released.

Not overly aggressive, Benitochromis ufermanni does best with other fish that aren't too aggressive. A group of a couple males and multiple females can be kept in a 4-foot tank. A sandy bottom and plenty of cover is recommended. Although other species of fish from Cameroon are at risk due to deforestation and pollution, B. ufermanni benefits from being in the protected Korup National Park. To discuss Benitochromis ufermanni visit the West African forum.