Hypselecara temporalis
 

77F
Explanation of the symbols

72F

Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Amazon river, Rio Negro
Length : 25 cm - 10"
Min. length aquarium : 200 cm - 80"
English name : Emerald Cichlid
Peaceful fish that can be kept together with other South-American cichlids.  You should set up the aquarium with driftwood and roots that create hiding places.  Some large, hard plants can be used as well.  A few flat, sloping stones are necessary for spawning.  A dimmed light brings out the colours of the fish.

You should give them powerful life food.  Frozen and dry food are accepted as well.

Breeding is not difficult.  400-800 eggs are laid and fertilized on a flat stone, preferably just below the water surface.  After 3 days the eggs hatch and the parents bring the fry to a breeding pit.  Another 6 days later the young fishes are swimming free.  You can raise them with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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