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.
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.
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.
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.