Amphilophus alfari

81F
Explanation of the symbols

73F

Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama
Length : 22 cm - 9"
Min.length aquarium : 180 cm - 70"
English name : Pastel Cichlid
This fish is rather aggressive to other species.  You should keep them as a couple. Do not combine with small fish.  The aquarium should be setup with a lot of driftwood and stones that form caves and hiding places.  It is not possible to use plants as decoration because the fish burrows in the ground.  A powerful filter and a frequent changing of the water is necessary.

They are omnivorous.  You should give them a great variety of live and frozen food.  Dry flakes are accepted as well.

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.  The eggs are laid on a substrate and fertilized.  After three days the eggs hatch and the fry will be transported to a pit.  After a week the young fishes are swimming free.  Both parents take care for the youngsters.  You can feed them with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Brian Traas

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