Chessboard Cichlid (Dicrossus filamentosus)
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45 Litres (12 US G.)
3-4.1cm (1.2-1.6 ")
5.0 - 7.0
23 -25 °C (73.4-77°F)
- Checkerboard Cichlid, Chessboard Cichlid, Lyretailed Checkerboard Cichlid
Additional scientific names
- Crenicara filamentosa, Dicrossus filamentosa
Origin[edit | edit source]
- South America in the Rio Icana. A black-water river, near the Rio Negro.
Sexing[edit | edit source]
- Mature males will have more colour and longer tips on the fins.
Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]
- Since this fish is a Dwarf Cichlid, typically it benefits from having smaller companions. Tank mates such as Cardinal Tetras, Lemon Tetras, Glowlight Tetras etc. Bottom dwellers such as Corydoras are also good. Avoid fin-nippers such as Tiger Barbs and Serpae Tetras. Very active fish like some Loaches may bother this fish.
Diet[edit | edit source]
- Prefers a meaty diet of bloodworm and Cichlid pellets.
Feeding regime[edit | edit source]
- Feed bloodworm twice a week and feed flake and pellets sparingly on other days. Feed little but often.
Environment specifics[edit | edit source]
- Provide this fish with a spacious tank and plenty of hiding places, due to its origins, it prefers softer water and a lower pH.
Behaviour[edit | edit source]
- Not overly aggressive, but Cichlids will be Cichlids so some individuals may display more aggressive behaviour than others, especially males towards other males of the same species.
Identification[edit | edit source]
- White base colour with a checkered pattern on the body, in between blue bars and shading. Long flowing rays on the tips of the tail.
Pictures[edit | edit source]
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- Fishbase (Mirrors: )