Turquoise Cichlid

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 (Amphilophus robertsoni))

Temperature Range: 72°F-82°F
pH Range: 7.1-8.1
Hardness Range: 5-25°

Family: Cichlidae

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: 30 gallons

Turquoise Cichlid Temperament: 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.

Aquarium Region: All over, bottom

Turquoise Cichlid Diseases: None specific to species.

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