Species group: Cichlids
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Scientific name: Xystichromis phytophagus
The Christmas Fulu is a small and colorful Cichlid which is native to Lake Kanyaboli in eastern Africa. Christmas Fulu were once found in the larger Lake Victoria, but are now extinct there. Xystichromis phytophagus (previously Haplochromis phytophagus), is an algae eater.
The male Christmas Fulu is mostly red, with bold black markings.
Size: 0-4 inches
Considered to be less aggressive and territorial than the Lake Malawi cichlids.
The Christmas Fulu needs a tank which has plenty of hiding spaces. Plentiful plants placed along sandy bottoms in the tank help reproduce the fish’s natural environment.