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Nandopsis salvini

Picture of Nandopsis salvini

Photo taken at Wharf Aquatics
Photos © Sean Evans

Common name:Salvin's cichlid, Tricolour cichlid
Scientific name:Nandopsis salvini
Synonyms:Cichlasoma salvini (old genus name).
Size:Up to 6" (15cm)
Origin:Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras
Tank setup:A reasonable sized tank (3ft/92cm plus) with rocks and wood for cover, and some open space for swimming and displaying.
Compatibility:Can be very aggressive, particularly when breeding, but can usually be mixed with other robust cichlids in a large tank.
Temperature:22-26oC (72-79oF)
Water chemistry:Neutral to alkaline (pH 7.0-7.5), medium hard.
Feeding:Omnivorous, with a preference for larval foods such as bloodworm.
Sexing:Males are generally larger, with more intense colouration, although both sexes are very colourful when breeding. Females may have a darker patch on the dorsal fin.
Breeding:A large number of eggs are layed, usually on sloping or vertical surfaces. Both parents tend the eggs and fry.


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