Friendly Enough To Be A Tankmate! How To Breed Astatotilapia Calliptera


Astatotilapia calliptera

  • Description: Males are olive green with a red blaze on the face. Females keep their juvenile coloration of pale brown color.
  • Common Names: None.  This fish is often confused as a cichlid from Lake Victoria due to its strong resemblance to the Lake Victoria species.
  • Locations Collected From:  Wide distribution in the lake including the rivers flowing into lake Malawi.
  • Approximate Size: 5 inches with females slightly smaller.
  • Food: Eats everything including small fish that will fit into its mouth.
  • Water Conditions:  Probably the most tolerant fish I have ever kept.  I have known people who have kept this species close to a pH of 7.0. Does well anywhere from 72 – 85 degrees F.
  • Breeding Behavior:  The most prolific mouthbrooding rift lake species that I have ever seen.  Large females typically have spawns of 75 – 85 fry.  My females would spawn hold the fry for about 7 – 10 days, release them and then spawn again 10 days later.  Commonly used to spawn Synodontis catfish.  Males are relatively docile towards females until right around spawning time.
  • Tankmates:  I have kept them with everything from Psuedotropheus kenyi to peacocks without a problem.

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