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The Frontosa Cichlid (Cyphotilapia Frontosa), one of the most well-known cichlid, is a large freshwater fish found in West Africa. This species are tropical fish and known as “Burundi Frontosa”. Frontosa Burundi Cichlid's beautiful apperance and peaceful temperament, making them the king of lake Tanganyika and also a showpiece of the aquairum. WIth a little training, a frontosa will eat out of the food from your hand. Frontosa fish prefers to live in a group of 5 or 6. You may need some experience to care these fish at home aquairum.

Please Note: Livestock and Live Plants cannot be shipped to WA and TAS due to State Restrictions. All other states are OK.

Features of Frontosa Burundi Cichlid:

  • 6 striped black bars on body, a bright blue reflection on the fins
  • They have a unique hump on their forehead that gets larger as they age
  • Perfect for the experienced aquarists
  • Frontosa is a slow-growing species and will take 3 years to ahieve sexual maturity
  • It’s quite difficult to sex the Frontosa cichlid, and they’re selective in mating
  • The Frontosa Burundi Cichlids average lifespan : 15-20 years


Frontosa Burundi Cichlid: Care, Diet and Tank Mates

The Best Aquarium Size for Frontosa Burundi Cichlid:

The Frontosa Cichlid is a big, slow-moving fish that swims around all of the tanks and requires a very large aquarium. The minimum tank size is 300L. It's always highly recommended to consider a larger aquarium.

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Frontosa Burundi Cichlid Tank Mate Compatibility:

Frontosas get along well with other calm African cichlids enjoy similar water conditions. But it's better to keep them in groups of 5 or 6. Possible tank mates you can consider are:

  • Medium to large Rift Lake Cichlid
  • Large Rainbowfish
  • Cuckoo Catfish

Frontosa Burundi Cichlid Food :

Frontosa cichlidsrequire a lot of protein to meet their dietary requirements. Some essential protein sources include live and dead fish, chopped shellfish, worms, shrimps, bloodworms, micro worms, and other animal-based food. Some good commerical food brands for this fish:

You can search more Frontosa Burundi Cichlid food in our High Quality Fish Foods collections.

Frontosa Burundi Cichlid Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration

Frontosa cichlids are very sensitive to water parameters and purity, so we advise that you get an efficient high powdered canister filter. Here are some great brands to consider:

Aquarium Heater

The aquarium should be heated, depending on your area’s climate. Install an aquarium heater if necessary.

Aquatic Plants

Frontosa Burundi Cichlid love to dig up the plants. Fill your tank with hardy plants like Anubias and java ferns. Or live aquarium plants that attach to driftwood and rocks, or potted plants are recommended, like Anubias on Driftwood, Aquarium Plants in pot. Check our Live Aquarium Plants here.

Aquarium Decorations

Fill your tank with large caves and overhangs that your Frontosa can retreat to when the need arises. Remember that they are generally shy; hence, the hiding spots make them feel more secure. Ideal Ornaments for your tank:

Aquarium Substrate

Sand and fine gravel are good ones for them.

A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium.

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Aquarium Set-up Service:

Our design team enables us to create the tank you desire, install your tank where you wish to and provide a maintenance service to ensure everything runs smoothly. We can create almost any aquarium from the small home aquarium to large commercial aquariums for offices, hotels or restaurants. Coburg Aquarium, Australia's leading aquarium shop.

Please contact us if you need any custom tank services.