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Is moving alot of the substrate. He made 3 big piles so far, is this normal?
Nothing a cichlid does with substrate is out of the realm of possibility.
Possibly it's looking for a surface on which to spawn, but I don't know if your fish is large enough to be sexually mature, or if there are other frontosas in the tank.
Typically, Rift lake cichlids are less substrate-oriented than Central Americans, but captive fish do all sorts of wacky things they may not do in nature. And some Rift lake fish do build mounds in preparation for spawning as opposed to digging a hole in which to spawn or to tend fry.
I would say this is evidence of emerging sexual maturity.
She/He is the only one in the tank other then a yellow lab.
Nothing to be worried about unless they start compromising the rock structure if you have one.
Many Rift lake cichlids will dig as the bottom of Lake Malawi is naturally sand and rocks.
Keep an eye on the Frontosa with Labs, the larger Frontosa can sometimes go after the labs when fully mature. Also the yellow labs are a lot more active than the relatively timid Frontosa and can sometimes get stressed.
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