Calvus Cichlid

Latin name: (Altolamprologus calvus)

Care Level





Black, Grey, White



Preferred Conditions


Avg. Max Size


Minimum Tank Size

30 gallons



The Calvus Cichlid should be kept in an aquarium that is at least 30 gallons in size, and larger if kept with other Tanganyikan cichlids. To ensure a healthy and stable environment, incorporate plenty of rocks, shells and African or other type of driftwood that will not alter the pH levels. Additionally, a sandy bottom comprised of aragonite should be provided to maintain the necessary high pH and alkalinity. With the right conditions, the Calvus Cichlid can thrive in any aquarium. It is important to provide a well-maintained, suitable environment for the fish to ensure its longevity and wellbeing.

The Calvus Cichlid is a unique species, requiring more effort to breed than most other cichlids. This species is a slow grower and may take several years to reach sexual maturity, with males typically larger than females. To ensure successful breeding, it is important to provide plenty of empty shells for the female to lay her eggs. The incubation period for eggs is approximately 3 to 4 days, and for maximum survival rate, the young should be transferred to a different aquarium after hatching. To ensure healthy growth, feed the newly hatched fry a combination of freshly hatched brine shrimp and crushed flake food. With proper care and attention, it is possible to breed and raise Calvus Cichlids in an aquarium with success.

A carnivore’s diet should include meaty items such as blood worms, brine and mysis shrimp, and carnivore flake and pellet foods. These types of foods provide the carnivore with the nutrients it needs to thrive.

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