Animal Stories - Frontosa

Animal-World Information about: Frontosa

Look no further than the Frontosa Cichlid for a majestic and commanding presence in your aquarium!
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David - 2018-12-10
Looking to purchase up to 20 fronts.... Look forward to your reply.

Jason Tolbert - 2012-03-09
As I am having trouble selling my baby" fronts". I have close to 30 fry i need to get rid of. So i am giving them away! Thats right they,re free! Contact me at [email protected]

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  • Sean - 2012-03-09
    I am interested in giving some of them some homes. Where are you located? I am in st.Pete Florida.
  • Norma - 2012-04-02
    I wish I could buy some, but I live to far away.
  • Alex Green - 2012-04-19
    I would like to see about getting some of those babies if you still have them?
  • Justin - 2012-05-23
    I just sent you an e-mail. I am interested in getting some fry. I currently have mpimbwe what kind of fry are yours?
  • Justin - 2012-05-24
    Your e-mail keeps bouncing back as undelivered?
  • Angela Brown - 2018-05-14
    R u still giving away Frontosa?
Nirmal Chauhan - 2017-07-23
It too good site i am happy

Tom Nelson - 2017-02-26
I have 11 Mpimbwe frontosa for sale. 3 males and 8 females full-grown. if interested call 517-962-2371 Jackson Michigan leave message if not home

Cherie Adams Dodd - 2015-03-21
Do female frontosa's claim a cave and clear it out and act similar to the male or is our little girl a boy?

Cherie Adams Dodd - 2015-03-03

Hello fellow fish lovers :) I also asked this on the Black Ghost Knife fish page,hope that is ok, just hopeful to get some advise regarding my New frontosa living with knifes...  I am fairly new to fishkeeping and I am asing for advise in relation to my two beautiful black ghost knife fish which I purchaced with a second hand 2ft tank about 7 months ago. One was 7cm and the other 3cm. They have been upgraded to the three foot tank and spend a bit of time in the 4ft tank and have grown and seem very happy. ATM they are in 3ft as we just purchaced 2 frontosa fish, 18cm male & 13cm ?female. We took the knifes out so we could quarentine and medicate the frontosas and other new fish at full dose (melifix). Reading the pH levels the frontosa seem to need pH8-8.5 and the knifes pH6-8. My long winded question is... What do you all think about the knifes living with the frontosa? We are waiting to pick up and fix a 7ft which they would all move into. The 4ft also has 5 venustus, 1 old and wobbly maingano, 4 female red empress and a male tangerine peacock. The Knifes have been ok in the high 7.5-8.5 pH but what do you all think about the happiness of the frontosa and knifes together??? Thanks for any help and advice :) 

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  • Clarice Brough - 2015-03-04
    Well I must say, I'm really excited about all your fish. I can tell you are a great aquarist:) Of course there's no guarantee, but I think they may be okay with each other (unless you find out you have a male Frontosa that decides to get territorial - but still, he may not be aggressive to existing tankmates!) You might be better off keeping the other African cichlids in the 4 foot, or at least have it available if they decide to get testy with the ghost knives and Frontosa. But I say try it, and be ready to adjust as needed!
  • Cherie Adams Dodd - 2015-03-21
    Thanks Clarice, yes we love these guys and good news everyone is getting along wonderfully. The BKF and the frontosas 'cuddle' in the cave. It is very funny. The larger male does get a bit stoppy at feeding time and has a little go at passer byers but then he happiliy snuggles with BKF and Birstlenose and Peacock. :) 
tilapia43 - 2012-06-23
To my fellow frontosa-lovers, can you tell me how many frontosas do you have, what are their sizes, and the size of your tank. Let me know if you have other fishes in your frontosa tank. Thank you.

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  • Drew - 2012-09-17
    I love frontosas. They are by far my favorite african. I had a great pair that I lost a few years ago during a huricane that caused us to loose power for weeks. The lack of heat, inconsistent aeration and poor water circulation was eventually too much. It was heart breaking because they were about 5 years old and were finally starting to mature. I just recently began pursuing them again and now have two. I'm looking to add one more to the family. I like to take my time acquiring them and never get more than one from the same source as I prefer that they are not related. I love to pair them with yellow labs. Their colors compliment each other so well. Labs too aren't that aggressive so they get along well. Plus, labs breed easily so they keep the tank interesting. I find a minimal number of tropheus and brichardi keep things interesting and are suitable tank mates as long as the frontosas have a chance to grow up a little first. Current set up... 80 gallon bow front 2 x 2' frontosas (separate sources of course) 6 x 1' yellow labs (bought in pairs from separate sources) 2 x small monos 2 x juvenile tropheus (duboisi & namansi) 1 x brichardi (suflower)
  • Jenni - 2013-03-12
    I have 2 in my 4 foot(180 litre) tank... 1 male about 20 cm long and the 2 nd about 10 cm I also have a large blue cichlid that used to dominate the tank... 3 bristle noses and 13 small yellow and red cichlid. ... Never had any trouble... They all get along very well... A very peaceful and quiet tank
  • Ruth - 2015-01-27
    I have like 4 adults 5-6 inches and like 4 juveniles 3-4 inches in a 125 gallon tank! They are awesomly beautiful.
  • Cherie Adams Dodd - 2015-03-03
    We just got our first a week ago, a male 18cm and a ?female 13cm. Currently in a 4 ft tank with 5 venustus, 1 old and wobbly maingano, 4 female red empress and a male tangerine peacock. Am wondering if it is suitable to include my two black ghost knife fish, 8-9cm and 4-5cm. They are moving in to a 7ft tank next month!  
Colin - 2006-10-08
Frontosa juvies aren't neccesarily expensive. I get mine for around 7 dollars at about an inch long. But once they start growing their price goes up exponentially. 3-4 inchers can be up to 50 bucks, commonly. It also depends on what area the frontosas are from. The different color morphs can be more/less expensive. So its really kind of luck of the draw. But they are a very cool fish, and I would suggest that if you find some for a good price and have the capacity to keep them, then it would be worthwhile. Just don't keep them long term in anything under 125 gallons.

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  • Tricia Tilley - 2014-05-30
    Hi I know frontosas like different perimeter water. Hard. But to be honest I think they are a pretty hardy cichlids. I have mixed my fronts with angels. Kribenses also now have them with my golden severums and firemouths with no problems. They don't fight, they aren't aggressive towards others. I love my pups. But I also have a spare 125 litre tank which now I have put sand and stones in so I will be putting them into that tank soon as it would be nice to see to see them in my living room and not in my bedroom. But I think they are beautiful, I have 4 and they are still young. But one is getting the hump coming as the rest just look like females at the moment. But when venting them the one with the hump looks like a female. So I'm not sure. They say closer the holes the females and further the holes the males. But in that case I have 4 females. But one is getting the hump and they are only about 3 to 4 inches long the biggest one is the one with a hump coming. So that's got to be male. 😯
  • David Melrose - 2014-09-30
    Sexing can be difficult up until an egg or two has been popped. Females have one hole larger than the other. Males are both the same size. Young females also looks the same size so only when an egg or two has popped can you truly tell by venting. Hope this helps in your sexing1
Tammy G - 2005-12-31
These fish are great I have 5 and they are worth the money. They are nice to watch. They have there own attitudes and they can be trained. My big male is 9in and he comes and gets the food from my hand! He is the first to eat and thinks every time I come to the tank it is to feed him. But let someone else go to the tank it is like I have no fish they hide. Well I have been at this for 2 years and I have now a total of 4 fish tanks they are really cool but when something goes wrong and they do get sick they can cost a lot. Have a great day thanks.

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  • Terry - 2013-10-07
    Linda, I have four frontosas in a 180 gallon tank. They do get pretty large but take a long time to grow. They are carnivores so a good protein diet is good.
  • Linda - 2013-10-02
    Tammy, I am new to Frontosa's. I just purchased three youngsters, would love to hear from someone who also has them. I continue to hear details on what to do and not to do, most doesn't make much sense to me. I can't tell how old your post is, so I hope you are still around. Thanks.
  • pam - 2013-12-27
    How can you tell male from female? We have 2, one has a more extended mouth. But one has a large lump on his head. My husband thinks it's a female.
  • Stacylee - 2014-02-20
    Hi how can u tell male to female frontosa
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-20
    Stacylee please read the 'Sex: Sexual differences' section above... it says 'male is larger, and often has a more pronounced cranial hump'
tre - 2004-09-16
I disagree with your comment about these fish being rare and expensive. There is a place right down the street from my house that has tons of these fish. They are also cheap... juveniles can be purchased for about $12.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-18
    Thanks for your input, we need to re-visit that section since they are much more available today... and as you pointed out, much less expensive than in the past!