Thread-finned cichlid - Acarichthys heckelii
Scientific name: Acarichthys heckelii
Common name: Thread-finned cichlid
Usual size in fish tanks: 11 - 13 cm (4.33 - 5.12 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.8 - 7.2
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 6 - 12°N (107.14 - 214.29ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 24 - 28 °C (75.2 - 82.4°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: South America
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: aggressive/territorial
Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels
Food and feeding
All foods offered will be accepted. Quality flakes and cichlid pellets should provide the staple diet. Supplements of blood worm and brine shrimp should be given on a weekly basis. Include some vegetable matter to bring out the best from Thread-finned cichlids.
South America; Thread-finned cichlids are to be found on the Rio Negro, Brazil.
Males will have an extended dorsal fin and display more coloration.
Breeding is not too difficult with these fish. Provide some caves in the set up and they should spawn. The male will protect the spawning site while the female tends the eggs in the cave. After 3 days the eggs should hatch and 3 days later the fry will be free swimming. They can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp initially.
The expected life span for Thread-finned cichlids is 6-8 years.
These are relatively peaceful fish but will occupy territories. Add hiding places to the tank but leave open swimming spaces. Frequent water changes must be performed.
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