Rocio octofasciata
 

77F
Explanation of the symbols

72F

Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Central America, Mexico
Length : 20 cm - 8"
Min.length aquarium : 200 cm - 80"
English name : Jack Dempsey
Very aggressive fish that has a large territory.  His nickname is "Jack Dempsey" after the the former boxing champion.  He digs a lot in the substrate and he eats plants.  The aquarium should be set up with stones and driftwood to create hiding places.  The substrate should me sandy.

You can feed them with powerful live or frozen food.  A large part of the food should be vegetable like lettuce and spinach.

Breeding is very easy.  After cleaning a flat stone 500-800 eggs are laid and fertilized on that stone.  After hatching the fry is brought to breeding pits.  Both parents take care of the fry very carefully.  When the young fishes are swimming free you can raise them with Artemia-nauplii and fine crushed dry food.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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