Checkerboard Cichlid med
Water chemistry:pH 5.8 to 7.8
Temperature:20 – 27 Deg C / 68 – 80 Deg F
Place of origin:Bolivia, Peru and Brazil.
Scientific name:Bunocephalus Coracoideus
Average adult fish size:6″ (15cm)
Sexing:Difficult to sex, though adult females tend to be larger and rounder-bellied than males.
Recommended tank size:20 gallon / 80 litre
Breeding:Rarely achieved in aquaria but possible. It’s best to have group of at least half a dozen mature specimens for a spawning attempt. The fish spawn at night, laying eggs directly onto the substrate. The adults will eat their spawn, so it is recommended to have a spare tank containing identical water to the breeding tank ready. The eggs can then be transferred into this as they appear. They hatch in around 3 days, and once the fry have used up their yolk sacs they will accept microworm or brine shrimp nauplii as first foods.
Feeding:Unfussy but not easily fed due to its sedentary lifestyle. It relishes live and frozen foods such as bloodworm, earthworms etc., as well as sinking dried foods. Add food after lights out to ensure it receives its share.
Typical tank setup:A largely inactive species requiring relatively little space, given its potential size. Requires plenty of hiding places and dim lighting. Cover can be in the form of a couple of inches of sand as substrate, or crevices amongst rocks and bogwood. A scattering of dried oak or beech leaves over the substrate can look very effective, and will allow it to blend in with its surroundings as it would in nature.
This fish needs to be kept in schools. The larger the school the better with 6 fish a good minimum amount. If kept in smaller schools the weaker individuals will be harassed continuously by the more aggressive individuals until they die.
Excellent addition to the community aquarium if you are looking for a schooling species however should be kept in groups of at least 6, ideally 10 or more to encourage this natural behaviour.
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