Photo taken at Wharf Aquatics
© Sean Evans
|Common name:||Rainbow cichlid|
|Scientific name:||Herotilapia multispinosa|
|Size:||Up to 5" (12.5cm)|
|Origin:||Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama.|
|Tank setup:||A reasonable sized tank with rocks and wood for cover, and a few plants.|
|Compatibility:||A fairly peaceful cichlid, it should not be mixed with overly aggressive companions.|
|Water chemistry:||pH around neutral, medium hard.|
|Feeding:||Fairly omnivorous, with a preference for bloodworm, mosquito larvae, etc.|
|Sexing:||Males tend to be more colourful with longer, more pointed fins.|
|Breeding:||Breeds very easily, laying a large number of eggs on a clean rock.
The fry are guided into pits where the parents guard them.|
The colour of these fish can change quite dramatically according to their mood. Aquarium bred specimens tend to lack
some of the brilliant colour of their wild caught relatives.