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Duboisi for Sale
Also called the White Spotted Cichlid
Duboisi for sale
Just above a Duboisi for sale at our online store. This young Duboisi was swimming in one of our aquariums, when one of us snapped this picture.
Duboisi for Sale    



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Duboisi for sale
Tropheus duboise Cichlid


Tropheus Duboisi

Pictures: click on each picture to see a bigger picture.
Scientific name: Tropheus duboisi



 Names & Comments 


Comments: These fish have dark bodies with bright white spots, when they're young. Later as adults their pattern changes.

Origin: The ancestors of Duboisi lived in Lake Tanganyika. But now they live in aquariums all over the world.

Maximum Size: In aquariums, they can grow to be about 5" long, including their tails, which is a nice size for aquariums with 60-gallons of water and more. Females tend to remain a little smaller.

Behaviors: Duboisi Cichlids are usually quite aggressive fish, and can be more aggressive than some Malawi Mbunas. But they usually do not do well with Mbunas, unless the Mbunas are much smaller.

Compatibility: Some recommended tank mates include the Malawi Peacocks, other fish from Lake Tanganyika, and Synodontis Catfish. Click here for more about Synodontis Catfish. Click here to read more about compatible groups of pet fish.

Temperature: Spotted Duboisi Cichlids live best from about 75 to 80-degrees F. with 78 being perhaps ideal. Click here to learn about aquarium temperature, aquarium thermometers, and aquarium heaters.

Feeding: Premium Fish Food Pellets is the best food for Cichlids to eat. Feed them small pellets, when they're small, then gradually increase the size of the pellets as they grow larger. Click here to learn more about and shop online for premium fish food pellets.

Water Conditions: Lake Tanganyika has very alkaline and very hard water. Most of North America has moderately hard and alkaline water, which these fish can usually adapt to, and so as usual it's best not to try to change the hardness or alkalinity. Click here for a lot more information about aquarium water conditions.

Aquarium Size: Duboisi will eventually need to live in an aquarium with at least 80-gallons of water. Each Cichlid will need at least 5-gallons of water. One or several Duboisi can live well, but a few will not, because the dominant Duboisi will the other miserable.

Decor: Duboisi don't need gravel, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water. Click here for more about aquarium gravel.

Live plants are beautiful and improve the water quality, but this fish will usually dig plants up, so most aquariums with Duboisi do not have live plants.

Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended. Most 80-gallon aquariums have room along the back for two Penguin 350B Filters, and this is sort of the minimum set up for Duboisi. Better is a 100, 120, 150, or 200-gallon aquarium with as many Penguin 350B Filters as will fit across the back. Click here to learn more about aquarium filters.

The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range. Click here to learn more about using Lava Rocks in aquariums.

Life Span: Duboisi can live for several years. Keep the water conditions excellent and feed them premium foods, and they'll most likely breed and produce the next generation of fish for your aquarium.

Gender: Males usually display bolder and brighter colors as they mature. Females usually have duller colors, and smaller bodies.

Breeding: Spotted Duboisi Cichlids are mouthbrooders. Click here for a lot more about breeding various tropical fish in aquariums.

Popularity: The Duboisi is a rather popular aquarium fish.

Names: The scientific name for the Spotted Duboisi Cichlid is Tropheus duboisi.

Variations: Like most of the species in Lake Tanganyika there are several color variations of Duboisi

Click here for a lot more information about keeping and caring for Duboisi, including a picture gallery. We hope you've enjoyed reading these comments.

DrT - 12/28/2014


These Leleupi are tank raised on a very famous fish farm for us. But this fish's ancestors lived in Lake Tanganyika in East Africa.


Appropriate Home
An Aquarium with an External Power Filter with a BIO-Wheel, a maximum of 1/4" gravel, and an Aquarium Heater adjusted to between 78 and 82 degrees F. Eventually this fish will need a big aquarium with plenty of aquarium-safe caves and rocks. Click here for more about warm water aquariums.


Recommended Diet
When a Frontosa is small, feed it floating flake food and freeze dried blood worms both available from most stores that sell pet fish. Later when the Frontosa grows bigger, feed Hikari Cichlid Pellets and an occasional treat of live or frozen brine shrimp. Do NOT live Black Worms. Click here for more about feeding fish. Do not feed your Frontosa any kind of worms such as Brown Tubifex Worms or Black Worms. Click here for more about Black Worms.


Keep one Frontosa in an aquarium or several but not 2 or 3, because the dominant one will make the others miserable. Eventually Frontosa will need a large aquarium with various large Lake Tanganyika Cichlids and Synodontis Catfish as tank mates.
Click here to read more about several other groups of compatible fish.


Size and Lifespan
12" and then bigger. Their lifespan is more than 10 years.

Books about
The Cichlids of Lake Tanganyika

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You can click on the title or on the image of a book to go to the page at, where that book is listed and discussed.

In some cases you can preview several of the pages in that book.

Click on this image to go to, where you can learn more about this book.   Tanganyika Cichlids in their natural  habitat
By Ad Konings
272 pages
The Cichlid Fishes: Nature's Grand Experiment in Evolution
By George W. Barlow, Ph.D.
352 pages
Click on this image to go to, where you can learn more about this book. Lake Tanganyika Cichlids
By Mark Smith
Click on this image to go to, where you can learn more about this book. Lake Tanganyika Cichlid Aquarium
by Georg Zurlo
64 pages
Click on this image to go to, where you can learn more about this book. Guide to Tanganyika Cichlids
By Ad Konings
128 pages
Click on this image to go to, where you can learn more about this book. African Cichlids of Lake Tanganyika
By David E. Boruchowitz
Click on this image to go to, where you can learn more about this book. Success with Cichlids from Lake  Malawi & Tanganyika
By Sabine Melke
Click here for a complete list of books about Tanganyika Cichlids at
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