Other Heller's Cichlid Names:
Heller's Cichlid Scientific Name:
Thorichthys helleri, Astronotus helleri, Cichlasoma champotone, Cichlasoma champotonis, Cichlasoma helleri, Herichthys helleri, Heros helleri
Heller's Cichlid Temperament:
Species Type: Central American Cichlids
Heller's Cichlid Adult Size: 7 inches (cm)
Heller's Cichlid Life Expectancy: 7 years
Heller's Cichlid Habitat: Central American rivers and streams (Mexico)
Heller's Cichlid Minimum Tank Size:
Heller's Cichlid Diet & Nutrition:
Omnivorous - Feed a wide variety of foods including but not limited to cichlid pellets, vegetable pellets, spirulina, shrimp pellets, along with occasional treats of frozen, thawed or live shrimp, blackworms and blood worms.
Heller's Cichlid Description:
This species will be territorial towards other cichlids, especially when breeding. As with most Thorichthys, the helleri is best kept in larger groups as juveniles and any type of livebearer is a welcome addition. The livebearers will make the Thorichthys feel more comfortable in the tank resulting in more activity and better colors from these cichlids.
Tank Mate Compatibility:
Heller's Cichlid Breeding & Spawning:
Most Thorichthys take a little over a year to fully mature. Once mature, pairs will form and select a spawning location which will usually be in a cave. The pair will clean off a flattened surface for the female to lay the eggs. The female will then guard the eggs/fry while the male will patrol the general area to protect the area from larger predators.
Determining Heller's Cichlid Sex:
Males will be more colorful, grow larger, and once mature will have long extensions on the dorsal fin and tail. Males will grow to about twice the size of females, which is a much larger differential than many other Thorichthys.
All over, but does like to sift sand from bottom.
Heller's Cichlid Diseases:
None specific to species.
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