Amphilophus altifrons info

Basic Info

Scientific Name: Amphilophus altifrons
Type: Fresh water fish
Family: Cichlidae
Origin zone: Central America
Origin: costa rica, panama, colombia
Max length: 22 cm
Tank minimum length: 150 cm
Tank minimum volume: 300 lit
Temperature: 23 - 27 C
pH: 7 - 7.5
gH: 5 - 8
Water flow: Strong flowing water
Preferred tank level: Bottom-Middle


This fish is very aggressive with same kind fish. You should keep them as a couple. The best way is to raise a group of unrelated juveniles to sexual maturity and allow them to pair off. The best pair should be chosen for breeding and other pairs should be removed. The aquarium should be setup with a lot of driftwood and stones that form caves and hiding places. The fish will dig up the substrate material, so it is best to use no plants except they are well anchored. Enough free swimming space should be left. A strong filter and a frequent changing of the water is necessary.
They are omnivorous. You should give them a great variety of live and frozen food. You better give them no red worms.
Breeding with a good pair is easy. Eggs are laid and fertilized on a flat substrate. Both parents take care of the fry. When the young fishes are swimming free you can feed them new born baby brine shrimp and after a few days fine dry flakes

Information contributed by: Gruppo Acquariofilo Fiorentino

FTL ID: 20 Last update: 2013-04-08 23:30:52


The minimum size of the tanks shown are intended, depending on the species considered, for a single individual, a couple or the smaller group of individuals for schooling fish. Depending on fish temper, territoriality, or vivacity, breeding with other animals of the same species or different species may require larger tanks.
Main picture usually shows adults. Depending on the age and sex, there may be significant variations in the color of the specimens.

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