Amphilophus citrinellus

Explanation of the symbols

Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Central America
Length : 30 cm - 12"
Min.length aquarium : 250 cm - 90"
English name : Midas Cichlid
A territorial cichlid, especially around spawning times. The fish can be combined with other medium to large sized cichlids.  The tank should be large with plenty of open swimming space. Provide plenty of hiding places with stones, driftwood, and roots.  These fish dig a lot so plants cannot be used as a decoration.  Males are larger and develop a bump on their forehead.

They are omnivorous.  You should give them a great variety of live and frozen food. 

Breeding is not difficult.  At higher temperatures and good feeding  up to 1000 eggs are laid on a substrate and fertilized. The female takes care of the eggs and the territory is defended by the male. The eggs hatch in 3 days and the young are moved to large pits where the parents continue their care. The fry swim free after 5 days, at which time they can be fed small newly hatched baby brine shrimp.  

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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