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Look no further than the Frontosa Cichlid for a majestic and commanding presence in your aquarium!
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Casey - 2011-09-24
I have a 5 inch frontosa with 8 brichardi,2 julies, 1 blue dolphin, 1 clown pleco and 1 tyrannochromis. I have tried to introduce 3 juvenile frontosas 3 different times in the past (1 each time) we THINK our frontosa is a male. He picks the juveniles off with in a week. I have stressed everything I move the tank around (the rocks and gravel) and he still kills them. Does anyone have any advice I would really appreciate it. I want to get another juvenile to suprise my husband, but I dont want another fron to die. PLEASE HELP!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-24
    Link for Animal World Frontasa http://animal-world.com/encyclo/fresh/cichlid/frontosa.php

    You should read the information on the frontasa. Yes, they are community fish but if they can get another fish in thier mouth, probably should consider it gone. They are territorial and will make sure they have their territory. Concern also is these guys get pretty big and your tank might be too small for all these fish.
  • dave - 2011-10-31
    i have 10 fronts in a 5 ft tank ranging from 30cm to 6cm and have 30 juvenile yellow labs 5 brichardi and 3 plecs and have just looked and found my 20cm female holding eggs. I was told by another frontosa breeder not to mix front ans dolphins and fronts are colonial fish and cichlids in general need alot of other fish around to prevent fighting so try and put in 3 or 4 and make a cave for the male. He will sit in there happily and leave the small fish alone.
  • Mark - 2012-01-03
    Buy a Front closer to the same size as the one you have and you may have a better chance..
    In my experience a front that has been alone for a number of years may never tolerate another.
  • Alex Burleson - 2012-01-04
    If your male is that aggressive, then I would not advise placing any more juvenile frontosas into the aquarium. It seems he is exceptionally territorial. If you would like to add additional frontosas, may I suggest adding three his size, or larger? Also, make sure that they are being very well fed. Make sure your aquarium is at minimum 55 gallons, as well.
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Peter - 2010-06-05
Could somebody tell me if I can have c.frontosas and clown loach together in the same tank? Thanks

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  • Raymond - 2010-06-14
    Hi Peter,
    is ok, I have 2 frontosa with 3 clown loach together and we are fine.
  • Anonymous - 2010-06-19
    Yeah, I've had fronts and loaches with my arowana for a couple of years until my arowana got too big and it ate my loaches. As long as the loaches are not small enough to fit the fronts mouth, they'll get along fine.
  • una - 2010-06-27
    I have a breeding pair of Frontosa, and have kept 3 clown loaches with them & a large pleco. 5 small cories. They all do fine. The male front does a little chasing. You have to watch the temp though and ph.
  • Big Al - 2010-09-22
    Yes - but the Clown Loach's will probably eat the babies.
  • Bpd - 2010-09-24
    My Frontosa is in a tank with 8 clown loaches ranging from 1 inch to 5 inches. And he doesn't even pay attention to them at all. Other fish in the tank 2 geophagus 1 heartshaped parrot 3 bala sharks. 1 gourami. 125 gallon.
  • jessica - 2010-11-17
    My frontosa is in a tank by its self I put a suckerfish in with it and he killed it, I put a bigger one in and he killed that one also he might not bother it but I wouldn't put it past him.
  • david - 2011-06-12
    Absolutely not. Frontosas and Clown Loaches need totally different water requirements. Frontosas require hard and very alkaline water, while Clown Loaches need soft and very acidic water.
  • Juris - 2011-06-30
    Clown loach need more soft water/5-12Gh but Frontosa 12-30. Anyway if you like catfishes add upside down catfish. It's from same lake-Tanganyika!
    Seems to me : Cyphotilapia Frontosa are fantastic fish and deserve own tank.
  • bryan - 2012-01-02
    Sure you can I've had them together for years now, but they got to relativity close in size I mean the clown loach can not be to small.
  • Alex Burleson - 2012-01-02
    Yes, they would go together fairly well in the home aquarium. However, as clown loacheshave a sensitive skin, watch for signs of aggression against the loaches from any other fish in the aquarium. This may include nipping, or biting.
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bill - 2011-11-11
Could I put a fontosa in a 75 gallon with a oscar?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-11-11
    Possibly. Fontosas are more sociable fish (usually) than oscars are, but they can be territorial. Oscars, however, are predators and will naturally prey on any other fish in the aquarium. Especially if the other fish are smaller than they are. If you decided to introduce them in an aquarium together you would need to keep an eye on them to watch for any aggressiveness between the two of them and be prepared to move one if they don't get along. Also, a 75 gallon aquarium may prove to be a little small for 2 full grown fish (both these can grow to a foot or longer), and a larger aquarium may be more suitable. Frequent water changes would also be necessary to keep the tank in good sanitary condition.
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Pat - 2010-10-27
I purchases a gold one for $5.00 at about 3in 2years ago. All I knew is that he had a hump on his head and I thought that was unique. I have a 40 gallon take and I had other cichlids in it. However as he grew they disappeared, funny now. I call him Bull and he is now 14in. Now that I know more about him, I have to take the gravel out and replace it with sand, cause he moves the gravel in piles in the corners of the aquarium, and he knocks the big rocks over. I guess I will have to by a bigger aquarium now. I think it is a female not sure but the hump is not as prominant as the blue ones.

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  • Daniel Bui - 2010-11-01
    Frontosa's do not come in a gold color. You were misinformed when you bought your fish. There is another freshwater called a Flowerhorn that does come in gold. Frontosa's are always blue/black or blue/white/black but never yellow and are generally $40-$100 a piece.
  • samiran roy,india - 2011-09-22
    Frontosas don't actually come in gold. You rather may have the red frontosa.
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Scott - 2011-02-02
We have a 7 stripes Frontosa. We got it about bit more than a year ago and it was 2 inches. It's does not grow big fast as I thought it should be. The hump head is showing little hump. It's about size 4 inches right now. We are trying to figure out if it's a male or female. Anyone?

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  • raghu - 2011-08-09
    Lucky seven regarding the growth, I think you have to check water parameters and make them feel homey and it depends upon your tank size. Please vary their diet as well. don't worry about its slow growth rate. Regarding the sex I think it's male.
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sepehr from tabriz - 2010-03-28
How can we know the difference beetween male and female frontosa?

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  • Josh - 2010-08-21
    Gennerally the males hump on it's head will be larger than a females.
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Rick - 2010-05-08
I have 2 frontosa in a 40 gal. They are 3 inch. Is this ok for now?

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  • una - 2010-06-27
    Yes but not for long they grow very fast and should be kept in at least a 55 gal and no more than 5 of them. A larger tank is better.
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tim - 2010-03-23
I started getting frontosas around 4 months ago. They are the best fish ever and hold their price although you can sometimes get good prices on them from people that just got bored of them. Like when i bought 8 frontosas at one time ranging from 6-12in
all 8 for $80 usd. Thats like someone giving them away for free. The big male is worth around $150 alone he is 12 in big hump. I started with 1 burundi frontosa now i have 11 fronts in my tank.

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  • Raymond - 2010-06-14
    Hi Tim,
    where you buy your frontosa? I also just started to buy 2 in 2wk ago. 2 at S$50.
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Anonymous - 2010-03-13
I am currently interested in getting a blue moori and a frontosa but what I'm wondering is can I keep them in my 55 gallon tank till they get kinda big and then move them to a 120 or do I need to have a 120 gallon tank just for one frontosa? The pet store here has a wide variety of cichlids in one tank, it can't be more than 100 gallons and they have at least 10 fish in it and their frontosa is very happy. Does anyone have any tips to make my cichlids respond to my hand or me or do they just memorize who feeds them?

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chris - 2008-01-17
I have a large tank with several Kapampa Zaire Violet Frontosas and they are awesome. I'm am curious about the poster that said they had their tetras and neons disappear from their tank. A properly set up cichlid tank wouldn't be especially conducive to the neons and tetras for one thing, and for another . . . well Cichlids do tend to be carnivorous and little fish are sort of part of their diet. Given that information, a species tank is definitely a worthwhile way to go. At least in my opinion.

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