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  • African Lionhead Pet Cichlids

    The Lionhead Cichlid is different from other African cichlids due to its enlarged bulging head, which appears to be swelling. This fish is considered to be an interesting addition for those interested on getting a new pet fish because it looks unique and special in its own way.

    Lionhead cichlid is believed to have originated from the Pool Malebo and the Zaire River (also known as the Congo River) in Africa. Ever since it was found by hobbyist, it remains as one of the favorite fish species in the aquarium trade. Lionhead Cichlids can also be identified based on its scientific name known as Steatocranus casuarius while certain fish enthusiast has even assigned other common names such as African Buffalohead.

    Physically, the fish is not a large growing type of fish as it only reaches not more than five inches in length and thus a smaller size aquarium can be provided. However, one should not get carried away because as a responsible owner, you should ensure that the largest tank size is free and available for the fish. Due to its smaller size, the African Lionhead can be kept in an aquarium notably with dwarf cichlids but definitely not with other fish that are bottom dwellers. Some of the tanks mates can either be other African cichlids such as the Humphead cichlids.

    Those intending to keep the Lionhead in home aquarium tank should take every precaution to ensure that their needs are fulfilled. Other than that, one should take all the necessary steps to ensure that other tank maters are not harmed because the fish can become extremely aggressive when spawning. Once the fish forms a pair, it will stick to its partner for life.

    Because the Lionhead does not have a well-developed bladder, it doesn’t swim in the same manner as other fish. It usually rest quietly on the bottom of the tank, and most of the time it will stay there idle using its lower fins for support. When moving from one location to another, it has to use a hopping movement. Surviving in its natural habitat is challenging to the fish because the Lionhead relies on fast-moving waters to move around and search for foods.

    The aquarium tank setup should have a proper filtration system and weekly water changes of up to 20% to 30% are required in order to remove waste material generated by the fish. Since your pet loves live meaty foods, the water gets dirty easily and care must be given to ensure that the quality doesn’t deteriorate up to the level hazardous to the fish leading to worst case scenario the spread of aquarium fish disease.

    Some of the other water parameters you should look into are that the water temperature should be maintained between 76 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Other than that, the pH value should be kept within the neutral range level of 7.5 to 8.2. Overall, water should be hard with DH reading in the region of 19.


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