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Cyrtocara moorii
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Group Haplochromis
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Discovered By BOULENGER, 1902
Common Name "Blue Dolphin"
Fish Size min 6" - max 8" Inches
Min Tank Size 75 Gallons
Sexual Differences Male will generally be larger with a brighter blue than the female with a much larger hump on the forehead.
General Information Located throughout the lake. Found over sandy habitats in shallow water. Diet in the wild consists of material that has been stirred up by other sand-sifting species.

The aquarium should have some rockwork but still provide open swimming space both along the bottom and mid-tank region. Feed a quality cichlid flake/pellet food, supplement occasionally with frozen brine, krill or mysis.

During spawning, the male will darken up and his blue will almost glow in appearance.






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