Comments: These are fabulous fish, and the males mature to be brightly colored with dark vertical bars.
Origin: The ancestors of Zebra Obliquidens lived only in Lake Kyoga in East Africa. But now they live in aquariums all over the world.
Maximum Size: In aquariums, males are said to grow to be about 5.5" long, including their tails, which is a very nice size for aquariums.
Females are a bit smaller and remain grey without the brilliant colors shown by males.
Behaviors: Zebra Obliquidens are rather aggressive fish.
Compatibility: Some recommended tank mates include Cichlids from Lake Victoria, Mbunas from Lake Malawi, and Synodontis Catfish, but probably not Cichlids from Lake Tanganyika.
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Temperature: Zebra Obliquidens live best from about 75 to 80-degrees F. with 78 being perhaps ideal.
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Feeding: Premium Fish Food Pellets is the best food for these Cichlids to eat.
It's best to feed them small pellets when young, then gradually increase the size until they are mature.
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Water Conditions: Lake Kyoga has hard alkaline water and that's best for all the fish, who's ancestors lived there.
But these fish can adapt to most types of water, and so as usual it's best not to try to change the pH or alkalinity.
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Aquarium Size: Zebra Obliquidens will eventually need to live in an aquarium with at least 80-gallons of water.
Each one of them will need at least 5-gallons of water, and this Cichlid lives best in an aquarium with at least 15 other compatible Cichlids of about the same size.
Decor: Zebra Obliquidens do not need gravel, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water.
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Live plants are beautiful and improve the water quality, but this fish will usually dig plants up, so most aquariums with Zebra Obliquidens do not have live plants.
Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended.
Most 80-gallon aquariums have room along the back for at least two Penguin 350B Filters, and this is sort of the minimum set up for Zebra Obliquidens.
Better is a 120, 150, or 200-gallon aquarium with as many Penguin 350B Filters as will fit across the back.
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The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range.
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Life Span: Zebra Obliquidens can live for several years.
Keep the water conditions excellent and feed them premium foods, and they'll most likely breed and produce the next generation of fish for your aquarium.
Gender: It's difficult to tell males from females, when they're very small, but easy when they're mature, because the males change from silver-grey to a brilliant rainbow of colors.
Breeding: Zebra Obliquidens are mouthbrooders.
A female lays eggs, a male fertilizes the eggs, and the female picks up the eggs in her mouth.
She'll brood them for about 3-weeks, then release them in the aquarium. They are miniature versions of their mother and very cute!
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Popularity: The Zebra Obliquidens from Lake Kyoga in East Africa near Lake Victoria is a popular aquarium fish.
The males are one of the most beautiful freshwater fish in the world.
Names: Their scientific name is Astatotilapia latifasciata.
Variations: We do not know of any variations now.
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