Other Turquoise Cichlid Names:
Turquoise Cichlid, False Firemouth, Blue Sifter, Robertson's Cichlid
Turquoise Cichlid Scientific Name:
Amphilophus robertsoni, Astatheros robertsoni, Heros robertsoni, Cichlasoma robertsoni
Turquoise Cichlid Temperament:
Species Type: Central American Cichlids
Turquoise Cichlid Adult Size: 8 inches (cm)
Turquoise Cichlid Life Expectancy: 9 years
Turquoise Cichlid Habitat: Mexican streams and rivers
Turquoise Cichlid Minimum Tank Size:
Not terribly aggressive but territorial in nature. Is quite aggressive within species so breeding in captivity is difficult at best.
Turquoise Cichlid Diet & Nutrition:
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".
Turquoise Cichlid 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.
Tank Mate Compatibility:
Mildly aggressive fish with similar water parameters. Multiple unpaired Turquoise Cichlids will fight or harass one another to death.
Turquoise Cichlid Breeding & Spawning:
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.
Determining Turquoise Cichlid Sex:
Males are generally larger and more colorful than females.
All over, bottom
Turquoise Cichlid Diseases:
None specific to species.
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