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Scientific name: Cyphotilapia frontosa

The Basics:
The Frontosa is a member of the cichlid family which is native to Lake Tanganyika in East Africa. A deep water fish ( (30–50 meters), Cyphotilapia frontosa is one of the largest cichlids and can reach 10-14 inches (25–35 cm) in length. The Frontosa is a popular home aquarium fish, and is one of the more docile cichlids. Its adult size and strength does pose challenges however.

Appearance:
The Frontosa's is distinguished by the large hump located on its frontal lobe. The Frontosa’s body has six or seven vertical bars running across a white (sometimes blue) background. The extremities are white or light blue in color.

Size:
12-16 inches

Temperament:
The Frontosa are calm and peaceful in nature but can get aggressive with smaller fish. They are amiable towards humans and are often hand fed.

Housing:
A 200 gallon tank with plenty of open space is used to keep Frontosa Fish thriving. Plants are not essential but a sandy bottom to the tank with some scattered rock structures can be used. Frequent changes (three times a week) are necessary. Frontosa do best in groups, and 6-8 fish need a 150 gallon (550 L) or larger tank. When startled, adult Frontosa have been known to ram and crack glass tanks.

Temperature:
72.00-83.00 °F

pH:
7.50-9.50

Alkalinity:
28.600-142.800 mg/L

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