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Scientific Name: Cynotilapia afra
Family: Cichlidae

About the Afra

Species Type: Freshwater Fish
Category: Cichlids

Care Level: Moderate. May tolerate only a narrow range of water parameters, have specific dietary requirements including frozen or even live foods, may have behaviors that severely limit potential tankmates or may require a specialized aquarium setup.

Origin: Lake Malawi

Compatibility/Temperament: Mildly Aggressive


Males can be quite aggressive during spawning and as such should be kept in a group of 1 Male to 4 females. Lake Malawi being a sandy bottom lake, this is the preferred substrate of choice in the home aquarium. Structures of Rocks and Driftwood should be provided to break up lines of sight in the tank. This will allow fish to claim a territory and not harass others.

Like all Lake Malawi fish, this is a live mouthbropders, meaning the female will take fertilized eggs into her mouth and hold them approximately 28 days. After which time she will spit them out.

Afra Diet

Cichlid pellets and high quality Spirulina containing flake food.


Fry size is small and adult size is Maximum 4-5" (10-12cm)

Minimum Tank Suggestion


Ideal water parameters for Afra

Hard with a pH of around 7.5-9 Temperature around 73-81F

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