A second species ofCyphotilapiahas been described in Lake Tanganyika, Cyphotilapia gibberosa,and with that comes theZaire Blue Frontosa Cichlid, The distribution of this new species has remained in the southern half of Lake Tanganyika whileCyphotilapia frontosais distributed in the northern half of the lake.
This new species is clearly distinct fromCyphotilapia frontosaby a row of three scales between the upper and lower lateral lines (against 2 scales forCyphotilapia frontosa). In addition, we can count more scales on the longitudinal line, fewer external teeth on the upper jaw, higher body, longer predorsal, longer dorsal fin base, and longer pectoral fin. They have rich bold pattern of 6 or 7 broad black bands, and also a peculiarity ingibberosais the "mask of zorro", an interorbital band absent inCyphotilapia frontosa
Among the most popular geographical varieties ofgibberosawe have theMpimbwe Blue, the Blue of Zambia, the Blue of Zaire. The frontal hump inCyphotilapia gibberosais also less marked in adulthood than inCyphotilapia frontosa.The most colorful variety is the Zaire Blue Frontosa. It has the most blue, sometimes looking almost purple. Due to the difficulties in collection not all of these variants are exported, and some are only infrequently exported.
TheCyphotilapiagibberosafrom the area from Kitumba to Kapampa is commonly called "Blue Zaire" because of its very pronounced bluish color. The "Blue Zaire" has contrasting black vertical bars and pronounced blue hues especially at the level of the head. There are Blue Zaires on the market, mainly fromMoba, Kapampa, Kitumba and Mikula. These geographical varieties called "Blue Zaire" are among the most expensive.
It is gregarious and should be maintained in a group of at least five, ideally ten or more, specimens. Unlike many cichlids, males do not hold distinct territories, but form a distinct dominance hierarchy within which one or more alpha individuals develop depending on the size of the group and amount of available space
Juveniles are impossible to sex accurately but adult males grow larger, possess more extended fins, and develop a larger nuchal hump than females.
-Due to variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image provided. Approximate size range may also vary between the availability of the actual livestock.
-And based on availability, your fish will be selected from an assortment of males and females, as we are not able to guarantee specific gender.