Slender Humphead Cichlid

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Steatocranus tinanti - (Poll, 1939)
Slender Humphead Cichlid

A likable West African cichlid with a curious face.

[edit] Overview

Although not wildly colorful, these current-loving West African cichlids are much-liked by many aquarists who have kept them.

Steatocranus comes from the Greek, meaning "fat head," while tinanti suggests an elongated forehead, apt for a species with a big mouth and droll appearance.

Family: Cichlidae

Other common name(s):

Native range:

Habitat: Rheophilic fishes such as this are found in fast-moving streams with rocky bottoms. Adding a powerhead to the aquarium will help mimic their native conditions.

Maximum length: 13 cm (5 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 114 L (30 gal)

Water: Freshwater 25 °C (298 K, 77 °F) - 27 °C (300 K, 81 °F)

General swimming level: Bottom.

[edit] Feeding

Omnivore. Offer a mixed diet of dried rations, sinking pellets, live or frozen blackworms and bloodworms.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

Relatively peaceful.

[edit] Special Care

This species will do best with well-filtered, well-oxygenated water, the latter easily provided by adding a powerhead to the aquarium.

[edit] Breeding/Propagation

Cave spawners, with the male defending the nesting area from predators.

Facts about Slender Humphead CichlidRDF feed
Common name Slender Humphead Cichlid  +
Family Cichlidae  +
Genus Steatocranus  +
Maximum length 5 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 30 gal  +
Native range Africa  +, Congo River Basin  +, and Malebo Pool  +
Specific name tinanti  +
Swimming level Bottom.  +
Water max temp 300 K (27 °C, 81 °F)  +
Water min temp 298 K (25 °C, 77 °F)  +
Water type Freshwater  +