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Rainbow cichlid

Picture of Rainbow cichlid

Photo taken at Wharf Aquatics
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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.
Temperature:22-25oC (71-77oF)
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.
Comments: 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.


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