Cynotilapia afra (afra cichlid) are brightly colored mbuna from Lake Malawi Africa. The afra cichlid makes a wonderful fish for any mbuna tank.
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Afra Cichlid Care
Scientific name: Cynotilapia afra
Common name: Afra Cichlid
Size: 3-4 inches
Temperature: 78-80 degrees F
Origin/Habitat: Lake Malawi Africa
Lifespan: 18 years
Temperament / Behavior: Mildly aggressive
Breeding: Maternal Mouthbrooder
Afra Cichlid Tank mates: Other malawi mbuna should not mix more than one type of Cynatilapia due to hybridization and fighting. Will mix well with labs and Afras.
Fish Disease: Signs and treatments for some common freshwater fish disease hole in the head and malawi bloat
Fish Food: Omnivore, needs diet low in protien and fresh veggies.
Tank Region: Bottom of Aquarium
Gender: Males are brightly colored where females are brownish to greyish.
Tank Size:Minimum of 55g Tanks need to be long rather than tall.
Similar Species: Cichlids.
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