2x Burton's mouthbrooder - Astatotilapia burtoni - DNZ pair
2x Burton's mouthbrooder - Astatotilapia burtoni - DNZ pair
2x Burton's mouthbrooder - Astatotilapia burtoni - DNZ pair
  • great colors
  • for Tanganyika tanks
  • socializable
  • fascinating mouth breeders
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2x Burton's mouthbrooder - Astatotilapia burtoni - DNZ pair

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2x Burton's mouthbrooder - Astatotilapia burtoni - DNZ pair
Burton's Mouthbrooders are fascinating cichlids from Lake Tanganyika that look great in an African tank. Thanks to their peacefulness, they can also be easily socialized with other Africans that we carry in our store. Especially for children the mouth-breeding behavior is a real experience! - Garnelio
Water values: soft to medium hard
Planting possible?: conditional* (see description)
Temperature: 20-25 °C
Feature: interesting brood care
Behavior: Active
Aquarium size: 400/450 l (approx. 150cm)
with snails/shells?: No
Fish group: Cichlids
Visual effect: Forms territories (when spawning)
Breeding: medium
Pelvic region: Center
Difficulty: 2 - Normal
Diet: omnivorous - omnivorous
Origin: Africa
with large crabs?: No
with fish?: conditional* (see description)
with dwarf crabs?: No
with shrimps?: Socialization not possible
Final size: 8-12 cm
with crabs?: No

The Astatotilapia burtoni from Lake Tanganyika, also known as Burton's mouthbrooder or black-throated mouthbrooder, is a great companion in a beautifully designed Tanganyika tank and enjoys great popularity among Africa fans. These peaceful cichlids can be kept as a pair and also in a harem, i.e. with one male and several females, and can also be socialized.

You will receive our Burton's Mouthbrooders in pairs, furthermore they are German offspring.

The pretty mouthbrooders show a silvery-yellow ground color on the typical perch body, which has several beautiful turquoise speckles, which partly suggest a blue shimmer. The males also form so-called egg spots on the anal fin and the extended pelvic fins, as well as a very strong forehead. Brown-black bands run across the face, which also has a terminal mouth with distinct lip bulges. With a size of about 15 cm, the male will be slightly larger than the females, which are only 12 cm and rather paler.

Burton's mouthbrooders are, as the name implies, maternal mouthbrooders. The female lays eggs, which she collects with her mouth. Once she automatically snaps at the egg spots on the male's fin, he simultaneously releases his sperm so that the eggs are fertilized. After about 14 days, about 50-55 young hatch and she takes care of them for a while. These can be fed with freshly hatched Artemia nauplii.

Burton's mouthbrooders can be kept well in aquariums from 100 cm edge length. The substrate should consist of fine sand or gravel with a medium grain size, planting plays a rather subordinate role, but can be introduced, since the perches do not bother them. With stone structures, which are secured against falling over, good territorial markings, caves, but also visual contact prevention can be created, as well as hiding places. Especially during spawning time the animals can be more territorial and should be able to avoid each other. Planting can be done with sturdy and well rooted plants such as vallisnerias or cryptos to green up the background and also the marginal areas. Your aquarium water should be well maintained with a total hardness between 7-15 °dGH and pH values between 7.5-8.5. The animals feel most comfortable at a temperature of 24 and 26 °C. Since the animals feed in their habitat predominantly on growth and deposits, as well as the microfauna living in it, their aquarium may be illuminated accordingly stronger, so that these algae carpets also form.

Burton's Mouthbrooder can be socialized in and for itself with other representatives from the Tanganyika Lake. A socialization with shrimps or crayfish should rather be refrained from, because the one could increase the menu and the other could possibly tweak the fins of the perch.

As growth and carnivores, which feed in their habitat on algae coverings as well as the microfauna contained therein, they can be easily accustomed to commercial dry food such as food flakes or granulated food in the aquarium. In addition, their menu can also be supplemented with small live and Frozen food like Daphnia, Gammarus and nauplii. Scalded vegetables like Pumpkin or Peppersbut also Algae leaves are gladly plucked by them.

Our food recommendation: NatureHolic Cichfeed is a great staple food for all carnivorous cichlids in the aquarium, which perfectly meets their requirements for food composition. The tasty pearls are also very well eaten by larger cichlids. Thanks to their soft texture, NatureHolic Cichfeed food pearls are gentle on the mouth and can be eaten very well by the fish.

Our plant recommendation: Use for the planting NatureHolic InVitros. These are free of snails, planarians and other unwanted co-inhabitants. Also free of algae spores, bacteria and fungi.

Expert Tip: We recommend for fish keeping the NatureHolic 3 Phase Liquid. The care set offers the best all-round protection for your animals. It ensures optimal conditions for successful breeding and keeping.

Scientific name: Astatotilapia burtoni
German name: Burton's mouthbrooder
Difficulty level: for beginners
Origin/Distribution: Lake Tanganyika, East Africa
Coloration: yellow-silver ground color with bluish sheen, females somewhat paler, males form egg spots on fins
Age expectancy approx. 4 years
Water parameters: GH 7-15 °dGH, pH 7.5-8.5, temperature 24-26 °C
Tank size: from 300 l
Food Growth eaters, dry food, granules, but also vegetables, algae and small live and frozen food such as daphnia, gammarus, krill, mysis
Breeding medium
Behavior peaceful, but territorial at spawning time
Group size at least 2 animals
Further information Ten typical aquarium fish for beginners and alternatives to them, Tips for acclimating fish to the aquarium, Feeding aquarium fish properly - cheap food and what it can do
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