C. liemi has a unique mouth that is strongly inclined with a broad lower jaw. This mouth comes in handy for stealing eggs and larvae from mouthbrooding females! It also picks Argulus parasites from the throat region of other cichlids. It is hypothesized that its diet primarily consists of these parasites since they are extensively abundant but this remains unclear.
Breeding males congregate in colonies to form a lek, where they built spawning pits against rocks. These pits can measure greater than 3 feet across. Females are then courted en masse. Mouthbrooding females group in large schools and release their fry in the rocky habitat where they can take cover.
Pronunciation: Refer to our Pronunciation Key for an explanation of the phonetic symbols.
Habitat: This is the primary location where the cichlid is found and is a generalization. This does not mean a fish cannot be found in other habitats.
Diet: Many cichlids specialize in eating one type of food; notwithstanding, some of these specialized feeders are flexible and can be opportunistic feeders.
Temperament: This describes the overall demeanor of a cichlid toward other tankmates that are of a different species. Consider that there is variability in temperament due to various factors, including aquarium size, tankmates of similar appearance, stocking levels, and order of introduction. There may even be some variability among individual specimens.
Conspecific Temperament: This describes the overall demeanor of a cichlid toward other tank- mates of the same species. Consider that there is variability in temperament due to such factors as aquarium size, stocking levels and order of introduction. There may even be some variability among individual specimens.
Maximum Size: This is in regards to total length (including the tail) of typical aquarium specimens. Wild specimens may not attain this size, or may in fact grow larger than aquarium raised individuals due to various factors. Also consider that this is the typical maximum size and there are exceptional individuals that will exceed it.
This measure is a relative value, comparing a single species against all
This only accounts for maintanence in the aquarium and not breeding
1 = easy and forgiving, 5 = extremely challenging.