Vieja regani

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Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Mexico
Length : 25 cm - 10"
Min. length aquarium : 200 cm - 80"
English names : Almoloya cichlid, Regan's Cichlid
This rather peaceful fish chases species of their own kind but they never become aggressive.  The aquarium should be set up with stones, driftwood and roots that make hiding places.  Because they eat plants it is not wise to use plants that are too soft for decoration.  They are very sensitive for old water, so a powerful filter and a regular changing of the water are necessary.

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

Breeding is not easy.  You need a good matching couple.  The best way for a planned spawn 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.  The eggs are laid and fertilized on a substrate.  After 3 days the eggs hatch.  The parents move the larvae to a breeding pit.  After another 3 days the young fishes are swimming free.  They can be raised with baby brine shrimp and fine crushed spirulina. 

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