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Pastel cichlid - Amphilophus alfari

Pastel cichlid - Amphilophus alfari

Scientific name: Amphilophus alfari

Common name: Pastel cichlid

Family: Cichlidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 15 - 22 cm (5.91 - 8.66 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.6 - 7.4

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 16°N (71.43 - 285.71ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 23 - 27 °C (73.4 - 80.6°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: Bottom levels

Food and feeding

Use a quality flake or cichlid pellets for the staple diet, the addition of live or frozen foods is a must to keep this fish in top condition. Feed blood worms, chopped earthworms, and brine shrimp.


Central America; Pastel cichlid is to be found in the waterways of Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Mexico.


Males will be slightly larger than the females with extended dorsal and anal fins.


Add flat rocks to the breeding tank; these will be used as spawning sites. Once the eggs are laid, the female will tend to the brood while the male defends the territory. After 3 days the eggs will hatch, a few days later the fry will be free swimming and can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp.


It is believed that Pastel cichlid can live up to 8+ years.

Short description

Always keep Pastel cichlids in pairs, they prefer a tank with lots of hiding places but any plants added could be uprooted very quickly. Regular water changes with high filtration are a must.


Bought by from cichlid picture

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