Blue Dolphin Cichlid - Cyrtocara moorii
Updated August 5, 2019
Author: Mike - FishLore Admin
The Blue Dolphin Cichlid (Cyrtocara moorii) comes from Laka Malawi in Africa. They sport different shades of blue depending on the lighting they are under. This is a very pretty fish and you can find them online for anywhere from $10 to $20.
The blue dolphin is considered to be one of the more difficult cichlids to breed and can become quite aggressive with tank mates around spawning time. Females will mouth brood the fertilized eggs until they are ready to be released 12 to 18 days later. Keep them in a larger tank of 90 gallons or more is recommended.
The Blue Dolphin Cichlid grows to be about 8 inches (20 cm) and possibly slightly larger when fully grown.
Blue Dolphin Cichlid Care
Scientific Name : Cyrtocara moorii
Common Names : Hump Head Cichlid
Care Level : Easy to keep and will adapt to a range of water parameters
Size : 8 inches (20 cm)
Water Parameters : pH 7.2 - 8.8 | dH range: 10 - 18 | Temperature : 75°F - 79°F (24°C - 26°C)
Lifespan : 7 to 10 years
Origin / Habitat : Africa, found in Lake Malawi in shallow water (3 to 15 meters) over sandy bottoms (ref: fishbase)
Temperament / Behavior : They are cichlids so they can be scrappy and will do best in a species only tank or with other cichlids from Lake Malawi in a larger tank. They may fight or chase smaller species and they will become more aggressive when they are spawning.
Breeding : Females mouth brood the eggs for 12 to 18 days and then release the free swimming fry.
Aquarium Size : 90 gallon or larger recommended when keeping multiples
Tank Mates : Many hobbyists keep them in biotope type setups with other cichlids from Lake Malawi
Tank Region : Lower regions of the aquarium.
Gender : Males will grow a hump (nuchal hump) on the forehead
Photo Credit: Magnus Manske
Latest Cichlid Forum Discussions:
More Cichlid Fish Profiles
Kribensis Cichlid - Krib
Another one of the easier to breed cichlids.
Often sold to new hobbyists that should now better. Oscars need larger tanks than most hobbyists can provide.
Blood Red Parrot Cichlid
An interesting hybrid cichlid that needs some hiding places and an established tank.