Scientific Name: Andinoacara rivulatus
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Approximate purchase size : 5 cm
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How easy are they to care for?
This is a hardy species that is easy to care for.
How large can they grow?
Up to 30 cm.
Where in the world are they from?
This species is native to Ecuador and Peru.
What is the ideal number to keep together?
This fish is best kept alone or in a mating pair.
What water conditions do they require?
Will accept temperatures from 20 – 24°c and a pH range between 6.5 - 7.5.
What should you feed them?
Omnivorous; will happily accept cichlid pellets, live and frozen food.
How compatible are they with other fish?
They are aggressive and territorial so only pair with other robust cichlids and large catfish if you have a large tank (650 litres +).
Can they be bred in captivity?
Breeding is often initiated by performing a large water change with cool water. The pair will choose a flat, smooth surface, or a pit in the substrate and then clean it. The eggs hatch in approximately 3-4 days, and in this time the male will protect the site while the female tends to the eggs. 6-8 days later the fry will be free swimming and can be fed microworm, brine shrimp and powdered dry foods like crushed flakes.