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    What is the average size of these fish? Are they very aggressive, or are they peaceful aggressive?

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    Male Frontosa can reach and exceed 12". I believe females can reach the same size, but the females that I've personally kept seem to max out 7" to 9".

    Below is a burundi frontosa I had years ago when he was a young adult (approx 9"), originally purchased as a 2" juvie.
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    Same frontosa several years (and inches later at approx 12")
    burundi1.jpg

    Frontosa's are perhaps best kept in species tanks (where they are the only cichlids in the tank). In a frontosa colony tank they are perhaps peaceful to semi-aggressive, with aggression manifesting between the alpha male vs other males in the tank. Several females per male frontosa. Best kept in a 6ft+ tank.

    Years ago I kept them with semi-aggressive lake malawi haps (venutus, malawi eye-biters, and and malawi blue dolphins). They were peaceful toward the these haps.

    With that said, they are piscovorous in nature and can eat smaller tank mates (which to a 12"+ frontosa could be a 4"-5" fish).
    African cichlid and saltwater aquariums

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