A picture of the african butterfly cichlid, anomalochromis thomasi.
Anomalochromis thomasi, a pretty and peaceful African cichlid.
Written on 21-08-2006 13:46 by cab
I bought a pair of the African butterfly cichlid in 2004, when I had an idea of having a central African tank with Egyptian mouth brooder, P. kribensis, red jewel cichlid and other species like those, but I never managed to get that far. My experiences with the A. thomasi are somewhat limited, but it's a hardy little fish, which in general are very peaceful and doesn't bother it's tank mates.
The tank should be decorated with some flat rocks that can be used for spawning subfaces. It is also important to have lots of hiding places, like caves, roots and pots. You can also have plants in the tank, as this cichlid rarely digs and they like the cover from the plants.
Normally this kind of cichlid, will form a pair and when they are in good feeding condition, they will spawn without much effort from the aquarist. Unfortunately, I never saw any signs of spawning with this species in the first run. The 2 fish I had could easily have been of the same sex.
That was the main reason for purchasing 6 more in 2006. I hoped that those 6 would produce a pair that would spawn, and then I could sell the remaining 4. I actually think that there was 3 males and 3 females, but I wasn't quite sure.
As time goes by, plans change and I ended up selling all of them when I gave up my plan for the African tank. Since then I haven't had room for them, but it is a fish I would like to try again sometime.
It's pretty difficult to tell the sexes apart - at least outside the breeding period. The male is bigger with a bit more pointy fins, while the female has more colors. The first pair I had, never showed any differences - they might have been same sex, despite my hope that they were a pair.
African butterfly cichlid
Linda wrote at 2009-03-16 23:05:46
i need to know everything about it... diet, habitat, adaption,and behavior.
Reply from webmaster:
My experience around these fish are more or less limited to what is described here.
CAHighwind wrote at 2008-01-01 04:34:11
I bought a pair of very small fish several years ago. As they grew up side by side, the differences between the two became fairly clear. Sure enough, once they were adult size, I awoke to a cloud of fry in their corner of the tank. The fry seemed to have a good survival rate. They are a really great little cichlid, with a lot of personality.
Reply from webmaster:
Yes, thats for sure. Unfortunately I only have a male left now, but when I get the chance I will make sure to get a female for him. Thank you for your comment.