Lake Victoria

The fish from Lake Victoria that we keep in the aquarium are almost all cichlids. The cichlids are often characterized by their bright colors and their fierce character. The name used for the Victoria cichlids is Furu.

The character of these fish is also the reason that they are not very widely available on the market. They are often difficult to combine and need a spacious aquarium to prevent them from killing each other.

The Aquarium

The aquarium decoration for Victoria cichlids does not differ much from that of Malawi or Tanganyika cichlids. Decorate the aquarium with (filter) sand on the bottom. Use rocks to create many hiding places. There must be many gaps and crevices between the rocks between which the fish can hide.

A minimum length for the aquarium depends on the species you want to keep and what other species you place there. As a general rule, I would stick to at least 10 times the length of the largest fish species, with a minimum of 120 centimeters. In such an aquarium there would be room for one or two species. In that case, keep one male with two females per species.

Under too bright light, the colors of the Victoria cichlids fade slightly. So too much light is not necessary. When using a whiter light, which tends towards the blue, the colors are more beautiful.

Water parameters

The water in Lake Victoria is hard and alkaline. The fish therefore like a bit harder water and then show their most beautiful colors. Keep the pH between 7.5 and 8.5. The temperature in the lake fluctuates between 21 and 27 degrees Celsius, in the aquarium around 24 degrees Celsius is fine.


The cichlids from Lake Victoria have a wide variety of eating habits. Some are herbivorous, eat fish, only snails or hunt for insects and insect larvae. In the aquarium they are often not difficult eaters and almost all of them can be fed as omnivores. Provide them with a mixture of vegetable food and meat-like food such as frozen and live food. Flakes and granules for omnivores usually cause the least problems.

Lake Victoria

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