Spiny Cichlid

Other Spiny Cichlid Names: Spiny Cichlid, Spiney Cichlid, Spinner Cichlid, Spinos Cichlid

Spiny Cichlid Scientific Name: Archocentrus spinosissimus, Cichlasoma immaculata, Cichlasoma spinosissimum immaculata, Cichlasoma spinosissimus, Heros spinosissimus

Spiny Cichlid (Archocentrus spinosissimus))

Temperature Range: 72°F-80°F
pH Range: 6.8-7.8
Hardness Range: 5-15°

Family: Cichlidae

Species Type: Central American Cichlids

Spiny Cichlid Adult Size: 6 inches (cm)

Spiny Cichlid Life Expectancy: 7 years

Spiny Cichlid Habitat: Central American Lake Ezabal

Spiny Cichlid Minimum Tank Size: 40 gallons

Spiny Cichlid Temperament: Generally peaceful for a cichlid but aggressive when spawning or protecting young.

Spiny Cichlid Diet & Nutrition: Omnivorous - does well with flake and pellet foods. Diet can be supplimented with green vegetables and meaty foods.

Spiny Cichlid Description: Create nicely planted tank with many hiding places, because the Spiny cichlid is shy in nature. They tend to guard their fry very well and they are good parents.

Tank Mate Compatibility: Other Central American cichlids. catfish and Plecos are always welcome as well.

Spiny Cichlid Breeding & Spawning: Very prolific Substrate spawners. Use a ratio of 1 male to 1 female. And have some caves for them to spawn in/on. Like several of the other Archocentrus genus, these fish will take the wrigglers and "hang" them in some plants. Have lots of java moss in the tank, and you will be able to witness this. The Archocentrus centarcus will do this as well. The gestation period of the eggs is 48 hours, give or take depending on the temp. These fish are good parents and guard/raise the fry well.

Determining Spiny Cichlid Sex: Males tend to be larger and thicker than females.

Aquarium Region: All over but does like it near the bottom region.

Spiny Cichlid Diseases: None specific to species.

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