Benitochromis are closely related to the Pelvicachromis species and can be compared regarding the aquarium biology quite good with these peaceful and colorful cichlids. In contrast to Pelvicachromis, which are cave brooders, Benitochromis are biparental, ovophilous mouthbrooders. This means that both parents take care for eggs and fry; eggs and fry are given from parent to parent several times per day. The eggs are taken in the mouth immediately after spawning (= ovophilous).
There is no common name for this species – which originates from Cameroon, our fish are German bred ones – so far; due to the pretty yellow lips and throat we suggest “Golden Throated King Cichlid”.
For our customers: the fish have code 503062 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer