Vieja zonata
 

82F
Explanation of the symbols

77F

Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Mexico
Length : 25 cm - 10"
Min. length aquarium : 200 cm - 80"
English name : Oaxaca cichlid
When they are mature these fishes are very aggressive to each other.  The aquarium should be set up with driftwood, roots and stones that form hiding places.  They need a lot of free swimming space.  A territory is made.  A strong filter and a regular changing of the water are appreciated.  You can keep them together with other large cichlids.

You should give them powerful cichlid food.  A part of the food should be vegetable.

Breeding is easy when you have 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 flat substrate.  After 4-5 days the eggs hatch and another 5 days later the young fishes are swimming free.  You can feed them with baby brine shrimp.  They grow quickly.  The parents care for the fry a very long time.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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