Cryptoheros sajica

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Costa Rica
Length : 22 cm - 9"
Min. length aquarium : 180 cm - 70"
English name : T-Bar Cichlid
Rather peaceful, somewhat shy fish that you should keep as a couple. A territory is made.  The aquarium should be set up with driftwood, roots and stones that create hiding places and caves.  On the sides and background you can use some hard plants for decoration.  Only during breeding times they dig in the substrate.  You can keep them together with other cichlids from Central America (not C. nigrofasciatum).

They are omnivorous.  You should give them a great variety if live, frozen and dry food.

Breeding is not difficult.  Up to 300 eggs are laid and fertilized in a cave.  At a temperature of 26C (79F) the eggs hatch after 3 days and another 7 days later the young fishes are swimming free.  The female generally cares for the fry and the male defends the territory.  Sometimes they change that.  You can raise the young fishes with baby brine shrimp. 

Photo Credit

Vinod Kutty

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