Steatocranus Casuarius

Scientific name Steatocranus Casuarius. Originate from the Congo river of Africa, they don’t grow that big maxing out at around 4”-5”, which also makes them a good choice for smaller aquarium. They live in fast moving water in the wild, which makes the way they swim a little unusual from other fish. They are peaceful fish and only get territorial during spawning period.  This cichlid has an elongated body with big head and blue eyes. Male has a nuchal bump on its head and it develops with age. They occupy mostly the bottom portion of the tank.  This cichlid is relatively easy to care for. This species is not demanding about the pH and hardness of the water, but it does need very clean, oxygen rich water. They also need plenty of caves for retreat.

The Lionhead Cichlid is an omnivore. In the wild they feed on plants, algae, small crustaceans, and plankton. In the aquarium they are ready eaters and will accept most foods. They can be fed a varied diet of live foods, frozen and prepared foods, algae, flake and pelleted foods. They especially enjoy algae and will even like some fresh green on occasion. All fish benefit from vitamins and supplements added to their foods.

  • Scientific Name:  Steatocranus Casuarius
  • Common Name:  Lionhead Cichlid, Buffalo head cichlid
  • Origin:  Africa, The Congo River
  • Care Level:  Easy
  • Size of fish:  4-5 inches
  • Temperament:  Peaceful
  • Diet:  Omnivore
  • Temperature:  75-82 degrees F
  • PH Range:  6.0-8.0 (they can adjust to different level of pH)
  • Breeding:  Egg layer
  • Ideal Substrate:  Sand
  • Water Region:  Bottom

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