Cyrtocara Moori Blue Dolphin

The Moori Blue Dolphin is a good sized cichlid with a stocky elongated body and a somewhat pointed snout. This snout is similar looking to that of a dolphin, thus the names Malawi Blue Dolphin and Blue Dolphin Cichlid. They reach up to about 10 inches (25 cm) in length, and sometimes grow a bit bigger in the aquarium. This fish has a life span of up to 10 years.  Whether its a male or a female, this cichlid develops a pronounced hump on its head as it matures.  This is a more peaceful cichlid overall, but males can be aggressive towards other males of their own kind.  Although they are peaceful, they can hold their own when in a tank mixed with other African cichlids such as peacocks and haps.  

They are a carnivorous predator in nature, feeding on small invertebrates. In the aquarium they will generally eat all kinds of live, fresh, and tablet food. They do best with a high protein diet, so feed meaty foods such as blood worms and brine shrimp (either live or frozen), small pieces of cut up prawns and earthworms. To keep a good balance give supplement their meaty diet with a high quality pellet.

It is hard to tell the difference between males and females. They have the same coloration and they both develop a hump on their forehead. However the males can be larger and the cranial bump may also be larger, but this takes several years to develop. Males may also be more brightly colored, but this is not always the case.

  • Scientific Name:  Cyrtocara Moori Blue Dolphin
  • Common Name:  Malawi Blue Dolphin
  • Origin:  Africa, lake Malawi
  • Care Level:  Easy
  • Size of fish:  10 inches (grows extremely slow)
  • Temperament:  Peaceful
  • Diet:  Carnivore
  • Temperature:  73-82 degrees F
  • PH Range:  7.2-8.8
  • Breeding:  Mouth Brooder
  • Ideal Substrate:  Sand
  • Water Region:  All region of the tank

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