Geo. Origin: AmazonAmazon River & Araguari River in Brazil; Branco River drainage in Brazil and Guyana
Habitat: Adjacent to nearshore vegitation
Gender Differences: Dimorphic
Breeding: Substrate Spawner
Conspecific Temperament: Highly Aggressive
Maximum Size: 10"
pH: < 7
Water Hardness: Soft
High water quality is a must or Head and/or Lateral Line Erosion will occur (HLLE). Spectabilisis a healthy eater and will not think twice about eating fish that can fit in its highly protrusible jaws. Females do not grow beyond 6" in length.
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.