Copadichromis Borleyi ( Redfin Hap) 5 inch beautiful colors
The “Borleyi cichlid” is a common name that refers to the species Cyrtocara moorii. This cichlid is also known by several other names, including the Blue Dolphin Cichlid, Malawi Blue Dolphin, and Humphead Cichlid.
Here are some key characteristics and information about the Borleyi cichlid (Cyrtocara moorii):
- Origin: Cyrtocara moorii is native to Lake Malawi in East Africa, where it is found in rocky habitats along the shoreline.
- Appearance: The Borleyi cichlid is known for its striking appearance. Adult males develop a deep blue coloration with a hump on their head, which gives them the name “Humphead Cichlid.” Females and juveniles are usually silver with some faint vertical stripes.
- Behavior: These cichlids are generally peaceful compared to some other Lake Malawi cichlid species. However, they can become territorial, especially during breeding. They are best kept in larger aquariums with plenty of hiding spots and rock formations.
- Diet: In their natural habitat, Borleyi cichlids are omnivorous and primarily feed on small invertebrates and algae. In captivity, they can be fed a varied diet that includes high-quality pellets, flakes, and occasional live or frozen foods.
- Tank requirements: A spacious aquarium with a minimum size of 75 gallons (around 284 liters) is recommended for a group of Borleyi cichlids. They require good water quality with regular water changes. Provide plenty of hiding spots and rocks to mimic their natural environment.
- Breeding: Breeding Borleyi cichlids can be challenging due to their territorial nature. When ready to spawn, the females will display bright yellow coloring, and the males will become more intensely colored. Provide caves or flat rocks for potential spawning sites.
As with all cichlids, it’s crucial to research and understand their specific care requirements and compatibility with other fish in the aquarium. Creating an environment that resembles their natural habitat will help ensure the health and well-being of these beautiful and fascinating fish.