Rainbow Cichlid

Other Rainbow Cichlid Names: Rainbow Cichlid

Rainbow Cichlid Scientific Name: Herotilapia multispinosa

Rainbow Cichlid (Herotilapia multispinosa))

Temperature Range: 72°F-84°F
pH Range: 7-8
Hardness Range: 10-20°

Family: Cichlidae

Species Type: Central American Cichlids

Rainbow Cichlid Adult Size: 4 inches (cm)

Rainbow Cichlid Life Expectancy: 8 years

Rainbow Cichlid Habitat: Central American swamps

Rainbow Cichlid Minimum Tank Size: 40 gallons

Rainbow Cichlid Temperament: Territorial

Rainbow Cichlid Diet & Nutrition: Does well with flake food supplimented with various worms (earthworms, blood worms, tubifex worms, etc.)

Rainbow Cichlid Description: Herotilapia multispinosa (some-times referred to as the "rainbow" cichlid in the pet trade) is a hardy and colorful Central American cichlid. It makes a great addition to community tanks, but is also worthy of a showy species-only tank, even safely placed in tanks containing certain livebearers, tetras, and other fish usually not easily placed in the cichlid aquarium. Debatably the smallest Central American cichlid, H. multispinosa is also unique in that it possesses tricuspid teeth, which greatly enhances the ability to feed on filamentous algae, making up a large portion of its natural diet. These three specialized teeth have earned multispinosa its own genus, Herotilapia. Its characteristic golden coloration along with the orange eyes, black markings, and subtle blue hues make it a truly stunning aquarium occupant. It can mature at a size of just 3", and is often not noted to grow much larger.

Tank Mate Compatibility: Other Central American cichlids, catfish and plecos

Rainbow Cichlid Breeding & Spawning: Use a pH of 7.0 and a higher temperature of 82F. The eggs are laid on rocks and guarded by the male. The freshly hatched fry are moved to pits.

Determining Rainbow Cichlid Sex: The males have extended dorsal and anal fins. And generally are slightly larger and more colorful when full grown.

Aquarium Region: All over

Rainbow Cichlid Diseases: None specific to species.

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