Keyhole Cichlid (Cleithracara maronii)

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Keyhole Cichlid

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Keyhole Cichlid

Cleithracara maronii

114 Litres (30 US G.)

7.6-15.2cm (3-6 ")




6.0 - 7.7

22.2-25°C (72 -77 °F)

3-20 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

5-7 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Keyhole Cichlid

Additional scientific names

Acara maronii, Aequidens maronii

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Difficult to sex but males tend to be larger then females.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A generally peaceful Cichlid.

Diet[edit | edit source]

An omnivore which appreciates live food such as bloodworms. Will also take prepared foods such as Cichlid pellets.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice daily. Will eagerly come to your hand after a feeding pattern is established.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Does not eat plants and does not burrow. Needs hiding places.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

Sensitive to people outside the tank, especially movement above the height of the tank. Good-natured scrapping occurs among youth, with some being more dominant and some being more submissive. When very frightened, will flatten itself against a piece of wood and turn brown. To warn other fish or show aggressiveness, flares its dorsal fin. Normally laid-back casual swimming, but can be quite fast and can stop on a dime and 'hover' using it's pectoral fins as stabilizers. Eats tiny snails.

Identification[edit | edit source]

Cream coloured body, with one or two vertical black stripes near the tail which have a circle at the top. These bands look like keyholes for a "skeleton key". May have slight rainbow of colour on top edge of dorsal fin, and subtle colours elsewhere on the body.

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