The Blue Dolphin Cichlid (Cyrtocara moorii) is a deep water Tanganyikan species that grows to a larger size than most other cichlids that inhabit the massive rift lake. It inhabits dim, deep, still waters in the lake and prefers these same conditions in the aquarium. While most Blue Dolphin are marked with vertical striping
The Blue Dolphin Cichlid will thrive in an aquarium with piles of rocks that form some caves. Sand is the best substrate for this species. It is a gregarious species, so it is best kept in groups. Unlike many Tanganyikan cichlids, individuals of this species do not form individual territories per se, but there is a very distinct hierarchy within each group, so cover must be available for subdominant fish (especially males) to retreat from alpha males. Territoriality is typically at its peak during spawning. Other Tanganyikan cichlids too large to be considered prey can make good tank mates. If spawning is desired, tank mates of other species should be kept to a minimum or avoided altogether unless the aquarium is of considerable size with ample cover/decor.
Feeding is simple for the unfussy Blue Dolphin Cichlid. High-quality dry, frozen, and live meaty foods will all be readily accepted. Quality and variety are the keys to a diet that will ensure that this fish maintains optimal health and coloration, so this species should not be fed dry foods exclusively. While it is primarily a carnivore, it also requires vegetable matter in its diet.
What We Like About This Fish:
- Very popular in the aquarium hobby
- Incredible coloration
- Possible to breed in the aquarium
- Compatible with many other species in a spacious tank
- Potential to be a "centerpiece" fish
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
Temperature: 73.4° - 81° F (23° - 27° C)
pH: 8.0 - 9.0
KH: 9 - 25 dKH
Minimum tank size: 180 gallons for a group of adults
Diet: Mostly carnivorous. A variety of high-quality dry, frozen, and live meaty foods is necessary for optimal health and coloration. Some vegetable matter is also necessary.
Social behavior: Gregarious with its own kind. Can be compatible with durable fish too large to be considered prey