Crenicichla saxatilis
 

86F
Explanation of the symbols

77F

Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Guyanas, Venezuela
Length : 25 cm - 10"
Min. length aquarium : 200 cm - 80"
English name : Ringtail pike cichlid
This fish is very intolerant to species of their own kind.  You should keep them as a pair.  The aquarium should be set up with stones, driftwood and roots that create hiding places.  Plants can be used for decoration as well.  You should not keep them together with other fish that are much smaller, because they will eat them.

You should give them powerful live food.  Frozen food is accepted as well, and after habituation they will eat dry food too.

Breeding is not difficult with a good matching couple.  The best way for a planned spawn is to raise a group of unrelated juveniles (6-8) to sexual maturity and allow them to pair off. The best pair should be chosen for breeding and other pairs should be removed.  300-400 eggs are laid and fertilized in a large cave.  After 4-6 days the eggs hatch And another 5 days later the young fishes are swimming free. Until that time the female cares for the fry mostly, but now the male cares for them as well.  You can raise them with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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