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Canara pearlspot - Etroplus canarensis

Canara pearlspot - Etroplus canarensis

Scientific name: Etroplus canarensis

Common name: Canara pearlspot

Family: Cichlidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 10 - 13 cm (3.94 - 5.12 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.6 - 7.3

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 6 - 15°N (107.14 - 267.86ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 22 - 26 °C (71.6 - 78.8°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: South Asia

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Middle levels

Food and feeding

Canara pearlspots are very shy feeders and cannot compete with some species at feeding time. They will accept small amounts of brine shrimp, blood worms and daphnia but it may be difficult to get them to accept commercial flake foods.


South West India; Canara pearlspot is found in the waterways of South Canara.


There are no visible differences between the sexes.


There are no reported cases of Canara pearlspots breeding in the aquarium but in the wild they will deposit their eggs on a rock or stone and be excellent parents, raising their fry for several months. It is also believed that the fry will feed on mucus produced by the parents in a similar fashion to discus.


It is believed to have a life span of 5-8 years.

Short description

To replicate their natural habitat, provide flowing water in the aquarium with plenty of hiding places provided by rocks or wood. Use a high filtration system and do not keep Etroplus canarensis with aggressive species.


Bought by from pearlspot, picture 1 Canara pearlspot, picture 2 Canara pearlspot, picture 3

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