African Blockhead
Behaviour Territorial, pair forming
Typical size 10cm
Max size 12cm
Tank Area Bottom
Min Tank Size 75cm
Temp Min: 24℃ Max: 28℃
Feeding Dried, live, frozen foods
pH Range 6-8.5
Hardness vs,s,m,h
African Blockhead Steatocranus casuarius
  • African Blockhead Steatocranus casuarius - thumbnail
  • African Blockhead Steatocranus casuarius - thumbnail
  • African Blockhead Steatocranus casuarius - thumbnail

African Blockhead

Steatocranus casuarius

Picture By Mike Lavery The African Blockhead is an interesting fish due to its markings and distinctive humped head. The fish forms strong pairs and has plenty of character preffering to stay at the bottom of the aquarium and take residence in caves and other hiding spots. Whilst behaivour varies between individuals, some are territorial and aggressive so only robust, sizeable tankmates are recommended. Otherwise easy to care for and an interesting, robust aquarium fish.

Family Cichlidae (Cichlids) | Synonyms Steatocranus elongatus | Other names Lionhead Cichlid, Humphead Cichlid, Lumphead | Origin Africa; Stanley Pool, lower Congo river basin | Breeding Egg layer; spawning takes place in caves and parents protect the eggs and young | Natural Water Conditions pH 6-8, very soft to hard | Natural Habitat Quiet areas amongst fast flowing rapids | Sexing Males are larger and have a more pronounced hump head

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