Formally Haplochromis latifasciatus, now Astatotilapia Latifasciata is a species of cichlid that is endemic to Uganda where restricted to the Lake Kyoga system, including Lake Bisina (a medium-sized lake to the east of Lake Kyoga itself) and Lake Nawampasa (a small lake southeast of Lake Kyoga itself and only separated by a thin swamp. This is a popular species from African lakes due to its colourful appearance and relative peaceful disposition. This species is also bread heavily in the aquarium trade as it is heavily threatened in the wild and may be nearing extinction. While the females of the species are attractive in their own right, they lack the bursts of red and yellow that the males posses. It is the bursts of red and yellow on the belly of the fish with the vertical black bars over top a silver body that makes this fish very distinguishable amongst its peers.


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Scientific name Common Name Size Temperament
Astatotilapia latifasciata
 Crimson Tide 120mmAggressive
 Water Temperature Water pH Tank size Diet
 24-30oC 7.2 - 8.0400 litres omnivore