Scientific Name: Heros efasciatus
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Approximate purchase size : 2 - 3 cm
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How easy are they to care for?
One of the most common and easy to care for Cichlids, generally very hardy and easy to care for
How large can they grow?
Where in the world are they from?
Widespread and found throughout the main channels of the Amazon
What is the ideal number to keep together?
Apart from when spawning will happily live in groups, pecking order may be established with the dominant adults.
What water conditions do they require?
Will accept temperatures from 20 - 28C and a pH range between 6.0 - 7.5.
What should you feed them?
Will happily accept a wide range of foods.
How compatible are they with other fish?
More than happy to live in a general community tank with medium to large sized fish not small enough to be seen as prey.
Can they be bred in captivity?
Be wary of Male aggression if spawning is attempted. It is best to raise a group of youngsters so a natural pair can form. Given a pairing they are generally quite easy to spawn, as with many Cichlids of this size spawning will occur on a smooth area such as a piece of slate. Parents will tend to the eggs and mouthbrood once hatched. Fry are generally quite large and can accept frozen foods straight away.