Irvinei Cichlid (Steatocranus irvinei)
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208 Litres (55 US G.)
15.2-19.1cm (6-7.5 ")
6.0 - 7.5
24 -28 °C (75.2-82.4°F)
- 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.
Pictures[edit | edit source]
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- Fishbase (Mirrors: )