Amphilophus rostratus

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Nicaragua, Costa Rica
Length : 24 cm - 9.5"
Min. length aquarium : 200 cm - 80"
When you keep him in an aquarium that is large enough, this is a cal and rather peaceful fish.  The aquarium should be set up with stones, driftwood and roots.  A sandy substrate is appreciated.  Because the dig in the substrate while they are searching for food, plants can not be used for decoration. 

In his natural habitat they eat detritus and insect larvae.  In the aquarium you can feed them with normal cichlid food and beef heart. 

Breeding is not difficult.  It is wise to pair them off at young age.  A territory is made.  A small amount of eggs are laid and fertilized on a stone.  Both parents care for the fry.  The eggs hatch after 3 days.  When the young fishes are swimming free you can raise them with baby brine shrimp and fine crushed dry food.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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