Astatotilapia latifasciata Crimson Tide

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Astatotilapia latifasciata Crimson Tide

Scientific name: Astatotilapia latifasciata Crimson Tide

Common name: Crimson Tide

Family: Cichlidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 10 - 14 cm (3.94 - 4.72 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 7.5 - 8.5

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 16 - 24°N (285.71 - 428.57ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 24 - 26 °C (75.2 - 78.8°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: Africa

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: aggressive to smaller

Usual place in the tank: Middle levels

Food and feeding

Use quality flakes or cichlid pellets for the staple diet. Treats of blood worms, brine shrimp, krill and Mysis will be readily accepted.


Crimson TideOrigin - Lake Victorian


The Crimson Tide at a young age is silver in the body with black bars (not usually perfect baring) as they mature the Males develop a red colored "belly" and yellow throughout the body whereas the females show no red coloration at all but instead gets a slight golden sheen over her body and will maintain her black bars


The Crimson Tide Cichlids are prolific spawners that are easily bread within the aquarium environment. They will require a good sized aquarium of 200L or greater, along with flat rocks or slate on which to lay their eggs.


The expected life span for Ruby red peacock is 5-10 years.

Short description

The Crimson Tide Cichlid is a dream species for the aquarium hobby as they are very easy to care for and can easily get along well with other fish species. They prefer neutral to moderately hard water conditions, with regular partial water changes or the presence of a high-end filtration system.


The Crimson Tide Cichlids are omnivores (eating primarily the diet of an insectivore), thus they will eat a variety of foods ranging from plankton and insects to more meaty foods including: krill, mysis shrimp, daphnia, cichlid flake, cichlid pellets and other meaty (protein rich) preparations.