Cyrtocara moorii
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Cyrtocara moorii

Common Names: Dolphin Cichlid
Synonyms: Haplochromis moorii
Family: Cichlidae
Category: Cichlids
Distribution: Africa; Confined to Lake Malawi, Africa.
Main Ecosystem: Rift Lake; Rift Lake
Temperament: Reclusive; Peaceful for a territorial fish. Will school.
Diet: Ominvore; Ominvore
Care: Live food is preferred over flakes. Beef heart is also a good food. The substrate should be of fine gravel as Cyrtocara moorii live in the sandy, shoreline areas of Lake Malawi. Caves are needed but swimming area is also important.
7.2 - 8.5
24°C - 27°C
75°F - 81°F
10 dH - 18 dH
Potential Size: Male: 20cm (7.9")
Female: 20cm (7.9")
Water Region: All; All
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Very hard to determine. The cranial lump occurs on both the male and the female.
Breeding: Not easy. Keep at least three females for each male. Frequent water changes are essential both for breeding and for the growth of the fry.
Main Colours: Blue
Markings: Striped Horizontal
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Flat
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Submitted By: Adam
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