Zebra Tilapia 黑九间 1"
Names: Zebra Tilapia Cichlid
Scientific Name: Heterotilapia Buttikoferi
Temperature Range: 76°F-82°F
pH Range: 7.2-8.6
Hardness Range: 10-25°
Species Type: African Cichlids, Other
Adult Size: 5 inches (cm)
Life Expectancy: 10 years
Habitat: Lake Kyoga and Lake Nawampasa
Minimum Tank Size: 75 gallons
Temperament: Mildly aggressive for an african cichlid.
Diet & Nutrition: While carnivorous in the wild, this species will do well with a cichlid flake or pellet designed for african cichlids.
Description: A beautiful species which is "critically endangered" in the wild. Males develop a "red" colored belly. This species is best kept in small groups. With a ratio of 1 male to 2 females (at least 6 fish in the group). They are not overly aggressive and can be easily housed with many of the smaller mbuna and Auloncara from Lake Malawi. In the wild, it is primarily insectivore but the diet occasionally includes the fins and scales of other cichlids (but has not been observed in the aquarium). Supplement their diet with mosquito larvae, brine shrimp, cyclops, and or daphnia. Astatotilapiia is a subgenus of Haplochromis and A. latifasciata has been assigned to this subgenus pending further investigation by scientists.
Tank Mate Compatibility: Other african cichlids.
Breeding & Spawning: Prolific maternal mouthbrooders. Breeding is relatively easy with the correct water parameters and around a 1 to 4 male/female ratio.
Determining Zebra Obliquidens Sex: The belly of the males turn red and portions of the body turn yellow. Females remain greenish-brown with black or dark brown vertical stripes.