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Scientific Name: Amatitlania septemfasciata
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Common Name(s): Seven Stripe Cichlid
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Geo. Origin: Costa-Rica to Panama
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Diet: Omnivore
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Gender Differences: Dimorphic
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Breeding: Substrate Spawner
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Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
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Conspecific Temperament: Highly Aggressive
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Maximum Size: 6"
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Temperature: 75 - 80°F
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pH: 7.0 - 7.8
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Water Hardness: Hard
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Difficulty: 2
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A relatively peaceful, smaller growing cichlid. Females are a little smaller growing than the males, and tend to max out at around 4 or so inches in length. Will stock well as an individual in community tanks. More than one individual of this species in a tank, is best kept as a member of an established/compatible pair, as conspecific aggression is very high in the Seven Stripe cichlid. This is considered one of the more delicate Cryptoheros species to keep in an aquarium. Keep water quality high, with an aggressive schedule of regularly conducted water changes to keep your fish healthy and avoid later problems. Beware of stocking a spawning pair in 'mixed' species, community tanks! They are very protective - aggressive - parents. A six foot long tank is recommended as the minimum size for keeping this cichlid as spawning pairs, in community tanks. Stock with tank mates that are 'robust' and hardy in nature, but not so large in size they will just simply eat your pair!
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