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A picture of the african butterfly cichlid, anomalochromis thomasi.
A picture of the african butterfly cichlid, anomalochromis thomasi.
A picture of the african butterfly cichlid, anomalochromis thomasi.

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.

Tank

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.

Breeding

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.


Faktatabel
Category

Fisk

Type

Cichlid, Africa

Length

7-8cm

Comment

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.

Genus

Cichlidae

Trade name

African butterfly cichlid

Origin

Africa

Tank size

80 liter

Breeding

Substrate spawner

Brood size

200-300


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