African Butterfly Cichlid



Other African Butterfly Cichlid Names: African Butterfly Cichlid

African Butterfly Cichlid Scientific Name: Anomalochromis thomasi, Hemichromis thomasi, Haplochromis thomasi, Paratilapia thomasi, Pelmatochromis thomasi

African Butterfly Cichlid (Anomalochromis thomasi))

Temperature Range: 72°F-82°F
72°-82°
pH Range: 6.4-7.8
6.4-7.8
Hardness Range: 5-20°
5-20°


Family: Cichlidae

Species Type: African Cichlids, Other

African Butterfly Cichlid Adult Size: 3 inches (cm)

African Butterfly Cichlid Life Expectancy: 8 years

African Butterfly Cichlid Habitat: River deltas of Sierra Leone and Liberia

African Butterfly Cichlid Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons

African Butterfly Cichlid Temperament: Peaceful but a little territorial

African Butterfly Cichlid Diet & Nutrition: Carnivorous - Does well with bloodworms, brine shrimp and flakes.

African Butterfly Cichlid Description: The species name thomasi is and carries a patronymic name in honor of it's discoverer N. W. Thomas. The African Butterfly Cichlid made its scientific debut in 1915. Its author, ichthyologist G.A. Boulenger, originally placed it in the genus Paratilapia, which at that time was a heterogenous grouping of African cichlids with few features in common except for superficially similar dentition in their jaws and a reduced number of anal fin spines. It was briefly placed in the genus Hemichromis (Jewel Cichlids) before the scientific name Anomalochromis thomasi became valid in 1989. Anomlaochromis is a monotypic genus - meaning thomasi is the only member. For its size, this species is a surprisingly hearty eater that does best when offered two or three moderate meals daily. The fact that Anomalochromis thomasi does not disturb plants has made it a favourite cichlid in Europe, where Dutch-style planted aquaria are very popular.

Tank Mate Compatibility: Other non aggressive fish with similar water parameter requirements.

African Butterfly Cichlid Breeding & Spawning: Breeding occurs in pairs. The African Butterfly Cichlid is an egg layer that will spawn more likely with a ph from 7.0 to 7.5 and large, flat stones to lay eggs on. Parents are both excellent guardians but may consume their eggs if kept in a tank that is too small or over crowded.

Determining African Butterfly Cichlid Sex: Sexing can be difficult but males are sometimes darker in color.

Aquarium Region: All over

African Butterfly Cichlid Diseases: None specific to species.



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