Blue Dolphin (Cyrtocara moorii) – It is a fish from the cichlid family, which is characterized by a characteristic blue color of the body. The bulging forehead and mouth, which protrudes significantly ahead, makes representatives of this species similar to dolphins, in fact, this is why cichlids were given this name.
These individuals are peaceful, but at the same time large, so they can be kept with different fishes. Like all cichlids, blue dolphins are distinguished by their territoriality.
The optimal content – species aquarium, one male and several females.
Photo: Blue Dolphin Cichlid
The blue dolphin cichlid has a tall, elongated body, slightly compressed at the sides. They have a big head with thick lips and big eyes.
In adult males, large fatty growths can be seen in the forehead area. The pectoral and ventral fins are short and thin, while the dorsal and anal fins are long.
The main background of the color of young fish is silver-blue, on the sides you can see the characteristic dark stripes, and on the tail – dark spots. Adult representatives of this species are more beautiful, their color is velvet blue, during spawning in males the body becomes dark blue, the forehead turns yellow.
Males are bigger than females, and their color is more interesting.
photo: Female and male (above) blue dolphin cichlids
Blue Dolphin cichlids live in all layers of water, for their maintenance you will need a large aquarium, the temperature in which will be 24-26 degrees, hardness – up to 18 units, acidity – 7.5-8.8. Blue dolphins are omnivorous, they are fed live food, you can give pieces of beef heart, shrimp, worms. It is advisable to provide shelters in the aquarium – stones, snags, caves, grottoes.
At the age of 3 years, fish reach sexual maturity.
Photo: Blue Dolphin Cichlids breed well in captivity
As a rule, the breeding of blue dolphins occurs in a separate aquarium. Their characteristic feature is the carrying of fertilized eggs in the mouth: young females carry up to 20 eggs, and large individuals can tolerate 80.
Photo: Blue Dolphin Cichlids – peaceful fish, but can defend the territory