Frontosa Cichlid For Sale | Splashy Fish
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Frontosa Cichlids 

Frontosa Cichlids, or often called Humphead Cichlids or Tanganyika Humphead Cichlid, are endemic to the waters of Lake Tanganyika in the region of East Africa. (Adult) Frontosa Cichlids impress the viewers with the distinctive large hump developed on the forehead. Thanks to that, Humphead Cichlid is given as the common name to this fascinating fish.

Such a ‘unique’ look undoubtedly draws the attention of the fishkeeping community, but what scores the point for Frontosa Cichlid is its bizarre color patterns of white and black vertical stripes overlaid alternating the body. Fins of faint blue hues sometimes reflect the similar tint to their body making the Frontosa Cichlids more appealing in a dark theme with dimmed lighting. 

Considering the average matured size of 15 inches, Frontosa Cichlids should be kept in a relatively large tank and in a group of six to eight specimens with the ratio of one male to other females. This not only resembles their wild living conditions but also helps reduce their aggressive tendency while housing together in captivity. Frontosa Cichlid fish require clean and stable water quality to survive. Thus, do not acclimate them in an uncycled tank. Since their dwelling is deep water areas where the surroundings are relatively bare. Their aquarium should also be similar. Even if you wish to have a nice Frontosa Cichlid tank, we recommend you give up. As the fish is notorious for re-aquascape talent, which means they are the one who decide the tank view, not you.

Apart from the quite picky requirements above, Frontosa Cichlids are fairly easy on diet. For a healthy and balanced diet, you should feed them with various food sources rich in proteins such as high-quality cichlid pellets (best recommendation for regular diet), flake fish food, mysis shrimp, krill, prawns, earthworms, artemia, etc. Sometimes, Frontosa Cichlids will not be picky to accept a little bit of algae and plant matter as well.

What You Can Expect From This Fish:

  • Unique yet striking appearance featured with hump head and vivid stripes 
  • Semi-aggressive
  • Re-aquascape ability


  • Temperature: 72 - 78℉ (22 - 28℃)
  • pH: 7.8 – 9.0
  • KH: 10 – 20 dKH
  • Minimum tank size: 75 gallons (but the larger is preferred)


  • Diet: high-quality cichlid pellets (best recommendation for regular diet), flake fish food, mysis shrimp, krill, prawns, earthworms, artemia, etc.
  • Social behavior: Semi-aggressive yet calmer compared to other cichlid species, quite territorial, shoaling
  • Origin: Lake Tanganyika in the region of East Africa, tank-bred
  • Average adult size: 12 – 15 inches (30,5 – 38,0 cm)

See more details about care guide for Frontosa Cichlids here.

This is only apply to live fish order.

Live Arrival Guarantee:

We have a lot of experience with shipping live fish orders. In 2021, Our records showed that we only have a 0.5 % Dead on Arrival rate for all live fish orders, compared to the industry standard is at 1.5%. This means that out of 1000 live orders that we shipped to our customer only 5 orders would have fish that arrived dead.

At Splashy Fish, we ensure that our customers are happy and satisfied with their orders. We offer a 100% Live Arrival Guarantee on all of our animals that are shipped to the customer via USPS, UPS, and FedEx.

Splashy Fish has the right to void Live Arrival Guarantee protection if these circumstances include: 

  1. The customer has chosen USPS First Class Mail as a shipped method. 
  2. Shipping address to a PO Box
  3. The order was refused delivery by the customer. 
  4. The order was held for pick up at USPS, UPS, FedEx offices no longer than 24 hours after the last update on the tracking number. 
  5. Live Arrival Guarantee claim does not include all the requirements mentioned below
  6. Live Arrival Guarantee claim made after the arrival period is mentioned below. 
  7. The Fish/Animal have to be in original packaging. 

Live Arrival Guarantee Claim Period: 

For Live Fish and other invertebrates: one and a half hours (1.5 hours) of posted delivery time or customer received time. 

For Snails48 hours of posted delivery time or customer received time. 

How to claim for Splashy Fish's Live Arrival Guarantee: 

If there is an incident when your fish are delivered "dead on arrival,” 

  1. Take 1 picture of the shipping box and the shipping label. 
  2. For live fish and other invertebrates: Take 2 pictures of each of the fish bags that is dead on arrival (the pictures have to show the bag in its original condition, unopened with the original rubber band)
For Snail: Snail generally take longer to acclimate, our customer will have 48 hours of posted delivery time to claim for Live Arrival Guarantee. Please place the snail at the one corner of the tank and within 48 hours and any snail didn't move. Please take pictures of the snail where the opening. 
  1. Send us an email to with the subject line: DOA and Your Order Number OR messaged us on our social media
  2. Body of the text: Your tracking number
  3. The claim must be sent within the claim period mentioned above. 

After submitting all the information required above it will take us 1 to 3 business days to determine the cause of dead on arrival. If the claim was valid and approved by our team, There is two option for you to choose from:

  1. Complimentary one-time replacement of the fish you ordered (pending current inventory availability). Customers are responsible for the replacement shipping charge. 
  2. Received the store credit for future purchase of the dead on arrival fish excluding the shipping cost. 

If the Live Arrival Guarantee claim doesn't include all the requirements listed above, Splashy Fish has all the rights to reject your claim.



We ship all of the customer orders from our warehouse located in Springfield, VA. We pack and ship our orders depending on the orders with the exception of someday we cannot ship out live fish.

All Live Fish orders will be shipped out on Tuesday and Wednesday each week for overnight shipping by UPS.

Monday to Saturday:  We will pack and ship out all orders that do not contain live fish. 

Sunday: (Splashy Day) Today is the day we let our hard-working team members and our fish to destress and ready for the following week's shipment.

For more information regarding about shipping please visit us our Shipping Policy and Schedule

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