|Scientific Name||Cyrtocara M|
|Common Name(s)||Blue |
|Geographical Origin||All around Lake Malawi. Usually seen in shallow waters|
|Habitat||Wherever sandy areas are present|
|Diet||Carnivore | Invertebrates that hide in the sand and have been stirred up|
by the Taeniolethrinops genus.
|Aquarium Temperament||Peaceful can be kept with other Haplochromis or even Mbunas|
|Gender Differences||Monomorphic | Males and Females will have the same blue coloring|
Males can be distinguished from females by the larger “hump” on
|Maximum Size||~ 8 inches | 20 cm|
|pH||7.8 – 8.6|
|Temperature|| 78 – 82°F | 25 – 27°C|
|Recommended Aquarium||~ 75 Gallons | 300 Liters|
|Aquarium Notes||These are non-territorial fish, meaning you can keep them with a lot of |
other fish species including Mbunas.
The females can be kept in the aquarium after the pair spawns.
Peacefull species that thrive in larger groups; I would recommend 7-10
individuals in a 100+ Gallons aquarium.
- Cyrtocara Moorii is one of my favorite species due to its gentle nature and extraordinary attitude when in a group family.
- They will often swim by their peers as a whole group.
- Male dominance is asserted quite fast, I have never seen fights longer than 1 day after the fights are over tranquility will settle in the aquarium and dominance will not go challenged.
- In the wild, they are attracted to stirred-up material and usually follow a large sand-sifting species like Taeniolethrinops
preaorbitalis, eating all the food (invertebrates) that gets revealed.
- I had the pleasure of keeping them with Fossochromis Rostratus species and it was a pleasure to watch them “discover food”.
- I would usually get frozen food and plant it in the gravel; this way the fish had to “hunt/scavage” for their meal. It was wonderful when they uncovered the food and started to get all round up about it.
- The best kind of aquarium watching is the one that is the closest to natural behavior.
- I warmly recommend this species to any Malawi enthusiast as a easy fish to grow and breed.
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