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Frontosa Burundi 5cm
Difficulty Level: Easy
Max Growth Size: 35 cm
Temperament: fairly non-aggressive community fish.
Preferred Water Parameters:
Temperature: 24-28 degrees celsius
pH Level: 8.0-8.5
Range: Africa:Lake Tanganyika
Diet: Carnivorous. mysis, shrimp, and krill. Frozen foods such as brine shrimp is also considered as a good protein source Burundi Six-stripe Frontosa
This variety has a very high body and a large nuchal hump. It has nice banding and although they are not the variety with the most blue, they do have good amount. Inbreeding has resulted in specimens that don’t have the high bodies.
Lifespan: 25 years – With proper care this species may live 25 years or more. Diet Type: Carnivore Water Changes: Weekly – Water changes of 10-20 % weekly are suggested, depending on bio load and stocking levels.
Minimum Tank Size: (265 L) – A minimum 265l tank that is at least 48″ in length can house a single specimen. For a group a minimum 125 gallon tank is suggested, with 600l or more being best for long term care. Substrate Type: Sand/Gravel Mix Social Behaviors They are fairly non-aggressive community fish.
Although the male can be territorial, depending on the individual fish, they may show little tendency to do so. They are gregarious and don’t like being alone. A group of one male with three or more females can be kept together or they can be kept in a group of 8 – 12 individuals. They can be kept in a larger aquarium with other durable fish.
But because of their less aggressive temperament, care must be taken that young fish are not seriously harassed in mixed species aquariums. More aggressive Lake Tanganyika or Malawi cichlids do not make good tankmates.
Also if kept in a community type environment, the tank mates need to be a pretty good size in relation to the Frontosa Cichlid. This fish is a predator and will eat smaller fishes. Any fish smaller than about 3″ may be at risk of being eaten by an adult.