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Turquoise Cichlid (Amphilophus robertsoni)

Photo of: Turquoise Cichlid (Amphilophus robertsoni)

Scientific Name(s): Amphilophus robertsoni, Astatheros robertsoni, Heros robertsoni, Cichlasoma robertsoni


Common Name(s): Turquoise Cichlid, False Firemouth, Blue Sifter, Robertson's Cichlid


Family: Cichlidae


Species Type: Central American Cichlids


Maximum Size: 8 inches


Life Span: 9 years


Natural Habitat: Mexican streams and rivers


Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons


Tank Region: All over, bottom


Possible Tank Mates: Mildly aggressive fish with similar water parameters. Multiple unpaired Turquoise Cichlids will fight or harass one another to death.


Description: This substrate sifting cichlid is a good candidate for stocking in mildly aggressive, community tanks. Mature males will show a bit more blue 'spangling' iridescence than the females, and have longer, trailing anal and dorsal fins. Keep individuals or established/compatible pairs of the Blue Sifter in the aquarium. Sand substrates will certainly be appreciated. Be careful - this cichlid does NOT tolerate other, non-paired members of it's own species very well, unless stocked in very large, 300 gallon (or larger) sized tanks.


Temperature Range: 72°F - 82°F



pH Range: 7.1 - 8.1

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Hardness Range: 5° - 25°



Breeding Information: This fish is a substrate spawner. Breeding is difficult due to aggression within species. If a mating pair is obtained breeding is similar to other new world cichlids.


Sexing Information: Males are generally larger and more colorful than females.


Diet: Omnivourous - does well with a varied diet of meat and vegetables. This species prefers to eat food from the bottom of the tank if the substrate is small enough to "sift".


Temperament: Not terribly aggressive but territorial in nature. Is quite aggressive within species so breeding in captivity is difficult at best.


Common Diseases: None specific to species.


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Central American Cichlids


Keith Pardee

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