Rostratus (Fossorochromis rostratus)

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Fossorochromis rostratus

473 Litres (125 US G.)

20-25 cm (7.9-9.8")




7.2 - 8.8

24 -26 °C (75.2-78.8°F)

10-18 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years



Additional names


Additional scientific names

Tilapia rostrata, Cyrtocara rostrata, Haplochromis rostratus, Haplochromis macrorhynchus

Origin[edit | edit source]

Endemic to Lake Malawi.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Males and females have entirely different colouration, the male is larger with iridescent silver-blue colouration, whereas the female is pale cream-yellow with black markings in a checkerboard pattern down the flanks.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A relatively peaceful African Cichlid, but can get feisty during spawning. Keep with other similar-sized semi-aggressive African Cichlids. Appreciates company of its own kind and several males can be kept together if the tank is large enough.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Will accept most foods including pellets and flake as well as live/frozen food such as shrimp, bloodworms, artemia and blanched vegetables.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Needs a soft sandy substrate and no sharp objects. Appreciate good filtration and a large amount of open swimming space with large hiding places.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

This is quiet a shy Cichlid and can be easily startled, will dive into the substrate if spooked.

Identification[edit | edit source]

Both males and females are elongate with large mouths. The males are iridescent blue with black and green markings. The females are smaller and pale yellow-brown with checkerboard black markings down the lateral line.

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