Andinocara sapayensis

Explanation of the symbols

Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Equador
Length : 20 cm - 8"
Min.length aquarium : 180 cm - 70"
English name : Sapayo cichlid
As a youngster this fish is rather quiet and peaceful. but as an adult he becomes more aggressive.  The tank should be planted on the sides and background and must be large and have plenty of caves and nooks to hide in.  You can use driftwood and stones. 

They are omnivorous and will accept all types of live and frozen food.  Dry food is also accepted.

The best way for a planned spawn is to raise a group of unrelated juveniles to sexual maturity and allow them to pair off. The best pair should be chosen for breeding and other pairs should be removed. Up to 400 eggs are laid and fertilized on a flat stone that is carefully cleaned.  After four days they hatch.  Then the fry is moved several times a day to a pit by the female.  The male defends the territory.  Four days later the young fishes are swimming free.  The fry can be raised on baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Alf Stalsbergg

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