Irvinei Cichlid (Steatocranus irvinei)

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Irvinei Cichlid

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Irvinei Cichlid

Steatocranus irvinei

208 Litres (55 US G.)

15.2-19.1cm (6-7.5 ")




6.0 - 7.5

24 -28 °C (75.2-82.4°F)

6-16 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years



Additional names

Blue-Lipped Blockhead

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Males are larger and have longer finnage.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

This fish is best kept in male/female pairs in a spacious tank. Tank mates should be robust, but not aggressive, similar sized non-Cichlids.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Prefers a meaty diet of live/frozen food such as brine shrimp and bloodworm but may also take pellets and flake.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Should be kept in a minimum of a 48" tank for a pair. They prefer rocky décor consisting of weather-worn boulders and secure caves. They do best in soft acidic water with a medium-low current but can live in harder alkaline water.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A territorial medium-sized unusual Cichlid that forms a strong pair bond.

Identification[edit | edit source]

An elongated fish with a long pointed dorsal fin, rounded caudal fin and pointed anal fin. The mouth is downwards pointing and the large eyes are set high on the head. The body is silver-blue in colour with faint darker vertical bands and the belly can have yellow hues.

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