African Bullhead (Lophiobagrus cyclurus)

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African Bullhead

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African Bullhead

Lophiobagrus cyclurus

95 Litres (25 US G.)

7-8 cm (2.8-3.1")




7.5 - 8.0

23 -26 °C (73.4-78.8°F)

15-25 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods

5-8 years



Additional names

Tanganyikan Catfish, African Bullhead

Additional scientific names

Chrysichthys cyclurus, Lophiobagrus lestradei

Origin[edit | edit source]

Endemic to Lake Tanganyika.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Difficult to visually sex.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Does best in a Tanganyikan set up without fish that may bully it. It may eat smaller fish and will eat any invertebrates.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Prefers a predominantly meaty diet with sinking catfish wafers, bloodworm, daphnia and ghost shrimp. May occasionally accept vege based foods.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day, best fed with the tank lights off.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Requires a spacious well filtered tank with hiding places among rocks. Prefers alkaline conditions.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A nocturnal catfish, will spend the majority of the day time hidden.

Identification[edit | edit source]

A fairly chunky looking catfish with a cylindrical body, large mouth and fairly thick barbels. It's body is olive-red brown in colour with a pale belly. A white morph (not albino) has been seen.

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