Photo taken at Wharf Aquatics
© Sean Evans
|Common name:||African Butterfly Cichlid|
|Scientific name:||Anomalochromis thomasi|
|Synonyms:||Paratilapia thomasi, Pelmatochromis thomasi, Hemichromis thomasi, Haplochromis thomasi|
|Size:||Approx 3" (7cm)|
|Origin:||West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone|
|Tank setup:||Planted tank, with rock and bogwood caves.|
|Compatibility:||Normally quite timid for a cichlid, but they will become territorial when spawning.|
|Water chemistry:||Soft and slightly acidic to neutral pH.|
|Feeding:||Omnnivorous: feed a varied diet of dry foods including a veggie component, supplemented with live or frozen foods.|
|Sexing:||Not obvious, but males are slightly larger and have more elongated dorsal and anal fin rays.|
|Breeding:||Substrate spawner. Eggs are normally attached to hard surfaces, and should hatch after 2-3 days. The fry should be free-swimming a few days later.
Both parents look after the fry.|
This is the only species in the genus (monotypic). Colours can become very intense when breeding, with dark bars on the body.