Astatotilapia burtoni is an african cichlid from the rivers and swamps near Lake Tanganyika. When the dominant male is all fired up he turns blue as shown below:
Some sources say that the burtoni is also found in Lake Kivu, a satellite lake immediately north of Lake Tanganyika and west of Lake Victoria. I bought a dozen from breeders Jon and Megan Porter around Labor Day 2002 and kept them in a 55 gallon tank with P. nyererei and P. rock kribensis. My males were very colorful only as long as there was another male in the tank. When they got to be about 3 inches (7 cm) long it was impossible to keep more than one male in the tank without all out war. When I separated the males their color faded considerably. The males grew to be about 4 inches (10 cm) long and the females less than 3 inches (7 cm) long.
All four of the below pictures are of my three male burtoni in different moods.
They started breeding around Christmas of 2002 at which time I had three females holding simultaneously. Then two of them bred again in February, March, April etc. They would hold for three weeks, rest for one week and then breed again. The females spit 12 to 18 fry each time they bred and they seem to breed more often than convicts. The females tend to protect their fry for a week or two after release. The slightest little scare and they all scoot back in the females mouth for protection.
Two female burtoni above the one above is holding fry
Above are the burtoni that I bought as fry My burtoni spawning
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