Caquetaia kraussii

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Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Colombia, Venezuela
Length : 25 cm - 10"
Min. length aquarium : 200 cm - 80"
Rather aggressive and combative fish, especially during breeding time.  You should keep them as a pair together with other large fishes such as large cichlids and catfish, because smaller fishes are eaten.  The aquarium should be set up with driftwood and roots because they need hiding places.  Some well anchored plants such as Sagittaria, Vallisneria and some large Echinodorus can be used on the sides and background for decoration as well. 

You should give them live food,  Tablets and dry food are accepted as well.

Breeding is not difficult.  They don't have high demands on Ph and Gh.  A couple of hundreds of eggs are laid and fertilized on a substrate (such as a flat stone)  Both parents care for the fry.  After the eggs are hatched the parents move the fry to a breeding pit.  When the young fishes are swimming free you can raise them with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

The Cichlid Scene

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