Herichthys carpintis

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Family : Cichlidae
Origin : North Mexico
Length : 30 cm - 12"
Min. length aquarium : 250 cm - 100"
English names : Lowland cichlid, Pearlscale cichlid
This cichlid should be kept together with other fishes of about the same size.  He needs a lot of free swimming space.  Because he digs a lot in the substrate it is not wise to use plants for decoration.  The aquarium should be set up with driftwood and roots to make a lot of hiding places.

You should give them powerful food such as beef heart and mussels.

Breeding is rather easy.  They have a large nest.  After 4 days the eggs hatch and another 4-6 days later the young fishes are swimming free.  Both parents care for the fry very intensive.

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