Otopharynx lithobates "black orange dorsal"
Otopharynx lithobates is a cave living species. Depending on the place where it`s found they have a different colour.
Otopharynx lithobates is found in rocky environments in the southern part of the lake at Mumbo Island, Thumbi West and Thumbi East, Zimbawe Rock, Chinyanwezi, Domwe Island and Monkey Bay. However, this variant is a breeding type which can not be found in the lake.
In the lake the males of these species can grow to 16 cm, in the aquarium however they can grow a little taller because of a good feeding. The males can then grow to about 18 cm, females grow to about 14 cm.
Othopharynx lithobates is in common a real peaceful cichlid. You can keep this species best with other peaceful species and multiple females in a tank with enough places to hide.
In the lake they are seeking the sand and eat faeces of other, mainly vegetation eating, fish.
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.
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