Astatotilapia Flameback, commonly known as the Flameback Cichlid, is a popular freshwater fish species among aquarium enthusiasts. The flameback gets its name from the lovely red colour down its back. These fish will show their best coloration when using a lighter coloured substrate.
Flameback Tilapia are generally peaceful within their own species, but males can become territorial during breeding. Provide ample hiding spots and caves to minimize aggression. The females lay their eggs in caves, and both parents will guard and care for the brood until the fry are ready to venture out.
This species is best kept in small groups. With a ratio of 1 male to 2 females (at least 6 fish in the group). They are not overly aggressive and can be easily housed with many of the smaller mbuna and Auloncara from Lake Malawi.
Astatilapia flameback can be territorial, especially during breeding, so it is important to choose tankmates wisely. Avoid keeping them with overly aggressive or fin-nipping species. Good tankmates can include other African cichlids like Mbuna species or peaceful bottom-dwellers like Synodontis catfish.
Astatotilapia flameback is omnivorous, and its diet should consist of a varied and balanced mix of foods. Offer them high-quality flake or pellet foods designed for cichlids as the staple diet. Supplement their diet with occasional live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp, bloodworms, and small crustaceans to enhance their natural feeding behavior.
To ensure the well-being of Astatotilapia flameback, regular maintenance is crucial. Here are some key care tips:
Perform regular partial water changes (around 20% of the tank volume) every 1-2 weeks to maintain water quality.
Clean the aquarium glass, decorations, and substrate regularly to remove excess waste and algae growth.
Keep an eye on the water parameters using appropriate test kits. Regularly monitor the temperature, pH, and ammonia, nitrite
|Adult Size:||15 – 20 cm|
|Aquarist Experience Level:||Easy|
|Minimum Tank Size:||150 litres|
|Water Flow:||Moderate to Strong|
|Temperature:||24 – 28 C|
|pH:||7.5 – 8.5|
|Hardness:||8 – 12 dGH|
Please note that fish image is a representation of what the fish might look like as an adult
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