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 Profiles Central America Amphilophus Amphilophus longimanus
Amphilophus longimanus
Scientific Name: Amphilophus longimanus
Pronunciation: m-f-l-fs mr-g-r-t-fr
Geo. Origin: Guatemala, Honduras, Costa-Rica, Nicaragua
Diet: Omnivore
Gender Differences: Monomorphic
Breeding: Substrate Spawner
Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
Conspecific Temperament: Aggressive
Maximum Size: 10"
Temperature: 76 - 80°F
pH: 7.0 - 7.6
Water Hardness: Hard
Difficulty: 3
Photo Credit: Rusty Wessel
A beautiful cichlid that will demonstrate some similarities in behavior to it's close cousin, Amphilophus robertsoni, (Blue Sifter Cichlid). Males tend to grow just a bit larger in size than the females, though markings will be almost identical. Subtle variations in coloration are noticeable in species found from various geographic locations. With those from the northern regions exhibiting a darker, more blue coloration than their southern relatives which tend more towards orange/gold hues. A fairly peaceful cichlid that can be safely kept in mixed species aquariums, with calmer, more peaceful companions. Beware of conspecific aggression, as more than one individual is best kept in the aquarium as part of an established/compatible pair.
 Profiles Central America Amphilophus Amphilophus longimanus
 Key To Species Profile Terms
 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.
 Difficulty: This measure is a relative value, comparing a single species against all other cichlids.
  This only accounts for maintanence in the aquarium and not breeding considerations.
  1 = easy and forgiving, 5 = extremely challenging.
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