Scientific name: Anomalochromis thomasi Common name: African butterfly cichlid Family: Cichlidae Usual size in fish tanks: 4 - 5 cm (1.57 - 1.97 inch) 0 14 Recommended pH range for the species: 6 - 8 Recommended water hardness (dGH): 5 - 15°N (89.29 - 267.86ppm) 0°C 32°F 30°C 86°F Recommended temperature: 23 - 27 °C (73.4 - 80.6°F) The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning Where the species comes from: Africa Temperament to its own species: peaceful Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful Usual place in the tank: Middle levels Food and feeding Quality flakes and pellets should be given for the staple diet. Live and frozen foods like brine shrimp or mysis should also be given as treats. Origin Western Africa; African butterfly cichlid is to be found in Sierra Leone and Western Liberia. Sexing Males tend to be slightly larger than the females. The only other physical difference is when they are in spawning mode; the female’s belly will expand. Breeding Flat stones should be added to the tank, these will act as potential spawning sites. Large water changes will often induce the spawning; this will start when the female starts to clean several potential sites. The male will join her and choose a site, the eggs will then be laid, followed by the male fertilizing them. When hatched, the fry will be moved around the tank by the parents, feed them on Infusoria initially. After a few days they can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp. Lifespan The expected life span for African butterfly cichlid is 3-5 years. Short description The tank should be heavily planted with rocks and wood for décor. Open swimming spaces must be provided and high water quality is a must. Picture Bought by aqua-fish.net from jjphoto.dk.