Cichlasoma bocourti
 

86F
Explanation of the symbols

79F

Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Guatemala
Length : 40 cm - 15"
Min. length aquarium : 250-300 cm - 100"-120"
English name : Chiseltooth Cichlid
Rather large fish that cannot be kept in an aquarium that is too small because they are very intolerant to species of their own kind.  The aquarium should be at least 60 cm (25") high and should be set up with driftwood, roots and stones that create hiding places.  Plants cannot be used for decoration because they think it is food.  They don't care about the quality of the water.  Both males and females make a territory. 

You should give them powerful food.  A large part of the food should be vegetable such as spinach and lettuce.

When you have a good matching couple, breeding is not difficult.  The best way to get a good matching couple is to raise a group of unrelated juveniles to sexual maturity and allow them to pair off. The best pair should be chosen and the others should be removed.  The eggs are laid and fertilized on a flat substrate.  When the eggs are hatched the parents bring the larvae to a cave.  After 8-9 days the young fishes are swimming free.  You can raise them with baby brine shrimp and fine crushed sprirulina. 

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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