Heros notatus
 

90F
Explanation of the symbols

77F

Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Guyanas, North Brazil
Length : 25 cm - 10"
Min. length aquarium : 200 cm - 80"
English name : Spotted Heros
Generally rather aggressive fish, not only during breeding time.  You can keep them together with other cichlids, that are not too small.  You should keep them as a pair.  A territory is made.  You should set up the aquarium with driftwood, roots and stones that form hiding places.  Soft plants are eaten and can not be used as a decoration.  You better use some well anchored hard plants.  Because this fish is rather high the aquarium should be at least 50 cm (20") high.

You should give them powerful food.  A large part of that food should be vegetable.

Breeding is easy when you have a good matching couple.   The best way is to raise a group of about 6 unrelated juveniles to sexual maturity and allow them to pair off. The best pair should be chosen for breeding and other pairs should be removed.   A large number of eggs are laid and fertilized on a substrate.  The eggs hatch after 3 days.  Both parents care for the fry.  The larvae are brought to a breeding pit or some other hiding place.  Depending on temperature the young fishes swim free after 8-10 days.  You can raise them with baby brine shrimp and fine crushed dry food.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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