Hypsophrys nicaraguensis

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Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Nicaragua, Costa Rica
Length : 25 cm - 10"
Min. length aquarium : 200 cm - 80"
English name : Nicaraguan Cichlid

This rather peaceful fish makes a territory, but he does not molest other fishes.  The aquarium should be set up with stones, driftwood and roots.  Some hard plants can be used for decoration as well, soft plants are eaten during breeding time.  In breeding time they also dig in the substrate.  The substrate should be sandy.

They are omnivorous.  You should give them a variety of live, frozen and dry food.  A part of the food should be vegetable. 

Breeding is not difficult.  The eggs (they do not stitch) are laid and fertilized in the corner of a cave.  After 3 days the eggs hatch and another 4-5 days later the young fishes are swimming free.  The female cares for the fry and the male defends the territory.  You can raise the young fishes with baby brine shrimp.  They very easy crossbreed with Cryptoheros nigrofasciatus.  So it is wise to keep them in separate tanks. 

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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