Zebra Obliquidens Victorian Cichlid "Astatotilapia latifasciata"
5" - 8"
Black, Orange, Red, Yellow, White
Slightly Basic (7.8 to 8.5 pH), Hard Water (10 to 18 KH, 12 to 20 GH), 72 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit
General: This colorful Victorian is a member of the scientific family Cichlidae, from Lake Victoria in the East African rift valley. As a juvenile, a 50 gallon tank should be sufficient. Once mature, some individuals may have a temperament that require 100+ gallons.
Fecundity (Reproduction): The Zebra Obliquiden is a determined mouthbrooder, as the female will carry fertilized eggs in her mouth for an extensive period of time. She will then be willing to allow the fry to re-enter her mouth, momentarily, for protection. In this case, typical fecundity is 10 to 20 eggs per clutch.
Aquarium Diet: Spirulina, brine shrimp, blackworms, cichlid flake/pellet
Compatibility: A good match for less aggressive Mbuna, Peacocks, and Haplochromis. This species will be most functional in aquaria with large groups of Cichlids, as their attention will be diverted from an individual. The "overstock" technique prevents an aggressive male from focusing on a weaker individual, but demands more frequent water changes to compensate for increased bioload.
Dimorphism: The Zebra Obliquiden is a dimorphic species. From an aesthetic perspective, the male will have egg spots on the anal fin, as well as slightly more pointed dorsal and anal fins. The male will morph into a blue, orange, red, yellow, and white coloration. The female will retain her black, and white morph. From a behavioral perspective, the male will attempt to control a territory.