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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 dig or in any other way bother the Aquarist or it's tank mates.

Breeding

Unfortunately, I never saw any signs of spawning with this species in the first run, which also 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 think there was 3 males and 3 females, but I wasn't quite sure. Anyhow I sold them all, and I haven't had room for them since.


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 were probably same sex.

Genus

Cichlidae

Trade name

African butterfly cichlid

Origin

Africa

Tank size

80 liter

Breeding

Substrate spawner

Brood size

200-300


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