The Zebra Obliquidens (Astatotilapia latifasciata) is a popular Lake Victoria species of African Cichlid, that is popular within the aquarium hobby due to its colorful appearance and peaceful disposition. This species is also bread heavily in the aquarium trade as it is heavily threatened in the wild and may be nearing extinction.
While the females of the species are attractive in their own right, they lack the bursts of red and yellow that the males posses. It is the bursts of red and yellow on the belly of the fish with the vertical black bars over top a silver body that makes this fish very distinguishable amongst its peers.
Zebra Obliquidens are 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. It is important to provide plenty of rocky hiding places in order to provide this species with a sense of security and a place to retreat to when it feels threatened.
They may become aggressive towards others if it is not provided with plenty of caves and crevices as it will feel the need to fight over what little cover is provided. Male Zebra Obliquidens typically get about 5 inches in length, with females reaching about 4 inches in length. While this species is a very suitable candidate for a community African Cichlid aquarium, they should not be kept with species that are much larger or overly aggressive species.