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Pantano Cichlid
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Scientific Name(s): Herichthys pearsei
Category: Cichlid
Difficulty:
Maximum Size: 42cms
Minimum Tank Volume: 850 litres
Minimum Tank Size: 96" x 24" x 24" pair
Water Temperature Range: 24-30°C
Water pH Range: 7.2-8.5
Water Hardness Range: 10-25 dGH

General Information: Central American, these fish are to be found in the waterways of Guatemala and Mexico. Keep this fish in a large tank to allow for plenty of swimming space. They will nibble at their food throughout the day so give them time to consume what they need.
Tank Requirements: Very large tank for swimming space. Sand/gravel substrate and smooth boulders. As this fish is almost exclusively vegetarian any plants will be eaten. Powerful filtration to cope with heavy bioload.
Diet Requirements: Almost exclusively vegetarian. Wild fish are known to feed on a range of algae and both aquatic and terrestrial plants. Feed vegetable based pellets and flake plus fresh veg. Small pellets needed as the fish has a small mouth.
Compatibility: Peaceful as Cichlids go and in a suitable tank can be housed with other large peaceful fish including Loraciids, Catfish and large Cyprinids.
Recommendations: A substrate of gravel or sand with cover in the form of large, smooth rocks and boulders is ideal. Any plants will be eaten immediately. Obviously a large biological filter is required for a fish of this size.
Common Problems: Most parasitic infestations.
Similar Species:
Sexing: Males grow larger than females, are more brightly coloured and tend to develop a higher forehead as they mature.
Breeding: Male excavates a pit in which eggs are laid and fertilised. Pair obtained by growing a group of juveniles together to allow a natural pairing to take place. At this point the remainder must be rehomed
Author(s): Anon, Fishlady | Photo: Anon | Views: 9490
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