Archocentrus multispinosus

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Panama,Costa Rica,Honduras,Nicaragua
Length : 13 cm - 5"
Min. length aquarium : 130 cm - 50"
English name : Rainbow cichlid
This fish is not very aggressive except during breeding time.  You should keep them as a pair.  The aquarium should be set up with stones, driftwood and roots that make hiding places.  Some well anchored hard plants can be used for decoration as well.  A territory is made.

They are omnivorous.  You should give them a great variety of live, frozen and dry food.  A part of the food should be vegetable.

Breeding is not difficult with a good matching couple.  600 - 1000 eggs are laid and fertilized under roots or on stones.  After 3 days the eggs hatch.  The fry is regularly moved by the parents to flat breeding pits.  When the young fishes are swimming free you can feed them with baby brine shrimp and some days later with fine crushed dry food.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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