Lowland cichlid - Herichthys carpintis
Scientific name: Herichthys carpintis
Common name: Lowland cichlid
Usual size in fish tanks: 16 - 19 cm (6.3 - 7.48 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 7 - 8
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 8 - 19°N (142.86 - 339.29ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 23 - 26 °C (73.4 - 78.8°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: Central America
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: aggressive to smaller
Usual place in the tank: Middle levels
Food and feeding
The Lowland Cichlid will accept all foods. Use a quality flake or cichlid pellets for the staple diet but vary this with treats of blood worms, tubifex and chopped earth worms.
Central America; Lowland cichlids are found in the waterways of Mexico.
Males will grow larger than the females and may develop a nuchal hump when they reach maturity. Females may also display a dark blotch on their dorsal fin.
Add flat rocks to the tank to provide spawning sites fore these fish. They are prolific breeders and should spawn straight after pairing up. The eggs should hatch after 4 days and a few days later the fry will be free swimming. These can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp or crushed flake.
The expected life span for Herichthys carpintis is 5-8 years.
Herichthys carpintis is one of the peaceful species of large cichlids and they are very active swimmers. Keep them in a large tank, at least 50 gallons, to provide them with plenty of room. They require regular water changes with excellent filtration.
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