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Otopharynx lithobates



Two excellent photos of Otopharynx lithobates by Frank Panis /MCH. Click on the thumbnails for the high resolution pictures.

Top photo : George Reclos, lower photo : Frank Panis

Photos by Jay Luto


Otopharynx lithobates
belongs to the Happies group of Lake Malawi and is a typical Hap. It may grow to 15 cm in the aquarium (females up to 13 cm). Clear sexual dichromatism. The male (see photo) has a blue coloration while the female has a beige color. The fish needs a large tank (180 cm recommended). The addition of rocks in the tank is essential since this species is a cave dweller (and usually spawner, too). Rock piles creating caves large enough to house it should be constructed. Following spawning the mouthbrooding mother will choose a cave and carry its fry. Sand is also a useful substrate. The fish is quite mild (for an African) and should be housed with species of the same temperament. The fish will accept almost any food commercially available (in nature it will eat almost everything that they can find on the rocks). Variety is always a plus, while foods containing animal fat are to be avoided. Feeding frozen foods from time to time helps the fish to be in prime shape. Feeding every other day is strongly advised, otherwise the fish may lose its shape and become deeper than normal. Although not very territorial or aggressive, keeping two males in a small tank is to be avoided. 

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