I do not keep them, but in nature they live amongst rocks and where there are few plants. They breed in caves, usually they dig out beneath a rock to make a ledge in the shallows. So a sand substrate and numerous rocks would be ideal. I would just make some piles and stacks, and let them dig the caves themselves.
Thanks Ed! You affirmed what I was thinking in terms of set-up. I wasn't aware that they dug out caves. I guess I'll need to stack rocks in a way that they can not be undermined.
Any one know what water parameters are ideal for spawning? Do they require cooler temps to spawn? Are they a social cichlid or better kept in pairs? What would be the minimum breeding tank size? There isn't a whole lot of info out there on these guys.
I special ordered six "red ceibal" the other day. They all look great! I've never seen a fish so bold and personable. The second I introduced them, they were at the glass greating me and eating seconds later. They acted as if being in a platic bag all day was no big deal. I hope to get 1 or 2 pair out of the group or if I get lucky, 3. :thumb: