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Cynotilapia aurifrons "Mphanga"

Cynotilapia aurifrons (formerly known as Cynotilapia sp."mbamba") can be found in a rocky environment but also in intermediate zones from rocks to sand along the northwestern coast between Mundola and Ngara and in Tanzania between Lundu and Lupingu. This variant can be found at Mphanga Rocks.

In the lake the males of these species can grow to 10 cm, in the aquarium however they can grow taller because of a good feeding. The males can then grow to about 14 cm, females grow to about 10 cm.

Cynotilapia aurifrons "Mphanga" can behave intolerant against equal species but also to other inhabitants. You can best keep this species with multiple females and a lot of hiding places in the aquarium.

In the lake, they feed primarily on plankton but also with algae that grow on the rocks. In the aquarium they are comfortable with any food. They take everything they get offered, like spirulina pellets, mysis, artemia, cyclops and shrimp-peas mix.