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The Frontosa Burundi Cichlid, also known as Cyphotilapia frontosa "burundi," is native to Lake Tanganyika in Africa, where it is widely distributed. These fish inhabit depths ranging from 10 to 50 meters along the sandy shores of the lake, preferring to live in large colonies rather than among rocks and covers like other cichlid species.

Characterized by a high and elongated body, the Frontosa Burundi Cichlid can reach a maximum size of up to 30 cm for males and around 25 cm for females. As they mature, males develop a cranial hump on their forehead, which becomes more pronounced with age and indicates strength and maturity. The body of the Frontosa Burundi Cichlid is pale blue with five vertical black bands, along with a distinctive sixth band that runs from the forehead to the opercle insertion, earning them the nickname "6 Bar Frontosa."

In terms of diet, these cichlids are carnivorous and can be fed a variety of foods, including prawns, earthworms, artemia, and small fish. However, it's essential to avoid feeding them bloodworms, as they can cause digestive issues. Additionally, Frontosa Burundi Cichlids tend to overeat, so it's advisable to introduce a fasting day once a week and monitor food quality closely.

To accommodate Frontosa Burundi Cichlids in captivity, a spacious tank with clean water and proper filtration is necessary. It's recommended to keep them in groups of at least four individuals, with each fish requiring a tank capacity of around 300 liters. Regular water changes and monitoring of water parameters are crucial to maintain stable conditions, as these fish are sensitive to changes in water quality.

Lake Tanganyika cichlids, including the Frontosa Burundi Cichlid, thrive in stable water conditions with a temperature range of 26-27°C and a pH of 8.0-8.5. Aquarists may need to adjust water hardness by adding materials like coral sand to replicate the natural habitat of these fish.

Overall, with proper care and maintenance, the Frontosa Burundi Cichlid can adapt well to aquarium life and provide an impressive addition to any large freshwater setup.


  • Species – Cyphotilapia frontosa “burundi”
  • Common Name – Frontosa Burundi
  • Origin – Lake Tanganyika in Africa
  • Diet – Carnivore
  • PH Range – 8 – 8.5
  • Temperature – Tropical 26°c – 27°c
  • Breed Type – Egg Layer
  • Current Size – approximately 4cm (Grows to approximately 30cm)
  • Sex – Un-sexed


Frontosa Burundi 6 Bar

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