Other Mini-dovii Names:
Mini-dovii, Sieve Cichlid
Mini-dovii Scientific Name:
Cichlasoma grammodes, Herichthys grammodes, Nandopsis grammodes
Species Type: Central American Cichlids
Mini-dovii Adult Size: 12 inches (cm)
Mini-dovii Life Expectancy: 10 years
Mini-dovii Habitat: Central American rivers
Mini-dovii Minimum Tank Size:
Mini-dovii Diet & Nutrition:
Carnivorous - Nutritional foods would include a high quality cichlid pellet, shrimp pellet, krill pellet and even the occasional spirulina or veggie pellet just for proper balanced nutrition. Frozen or freeze dried treats of blood worms, brine shrimp, beefheart or krill can be given as well as live treats on occasion.
The grammodes has been often referred to as a miniature version of Parachromis dovii and should be treated as such. (They are extremely aggressive) While called a miniature fish, this grammodes will only to a modest 12" instead of 30" plus of the real Wolf cichlid. This species is one of the "Grammodes complex" which also includes C. beani and C. istlanum. These 3 species are currently classified as exCichlasoma until further study and classification can be done.
Tank Mate Compatibility:
Can be kept with other cichlids until adult sized (about 5 inches)
Mini-dovii Breeding & Spawning:
This is not a more commonly available species and as such it is also not commonly spawned. A pair should form once they reach a size somewhere in the area of 4-6" at which time any other fish in the tank will most likely need to be removed. A flat surface which could be either the walls of a cave or a flat piece of slate will be cleaned and the female will lay the eggs. Once the pair have spawned one must keep a watchful eye on the pair to make sure they don't start becoming aggressive with one another.
Determining Mini-dovii Sex:
Can be difficult to determine unless a group of 6 or more are available for comparison. Males will have very pronounced red spots all over the body while the female will have very few, if any red spots below the mid-lateral line. Also, males will grow larger and develop a nuchal hump.
None specific to species.
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