Cynotilapia aurifrons (formerly known as Cynotilapia sp."mbamba") is living in rocky environments and also in the intermediate zone from rocks to sand. They can be found along the northwestern coast between Mundola and Ngara and in Tanzania between Lundu and Lupingu. This variant is from Luwino Reef.

In the course of 2012 Ive bought a nice group of this species. At that time the females were just 5 cm tall and the male was about 8-9 cm but meanwhile the male has grown up to a nice size of about 10 cm, the females are now 6 cm.

The male has taken possession of a beautiful place under the rocks in the right corner of my tank. Hes defending this territory fiercely now. In this moment hes trying to attract a female however hes not very succesfull up till now.

In the lake they feed mainly on plankton but also with algae from 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.


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