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Astatotilapia calliptera definitely fits the description of a Victorian cichlid. It is a pretty, undemanding fish that can tolerate most any water conditions. It can be easily housed with most all Malawi or Victorian cichlids and some of the Tanganyikan cichlids. Dominant males will almost always be in color with fins displayed. The species adapts to a wide variety of aquascapes.
Astatotilapia calliptera is considered by some to be an ancient ancestor to many of the modern cichlids known in Lake Malawi.