Checkerboard Cichlid

Other Checkerboard Cichlid Names: Checkerboard Cichlid, Checkerboard Lyretail, Lyretail Cichlid, Chessboard Cichlid

Checkerboard Cichlid Scientific Name: Crenicara filamentosa, Cremocara filamentosus, Crenicara filamentosa, Dicrossus filamentosa

Checkerboard Cichlid (Dicrossus filamentosa))

Temperature Range: 74°F-82°F
pH Range: 6-7.4
Hardness Range: 1-15°

Family: Cichlidae

Species Type: South American Cichlids

Checkerboard Cichlid Adult Size: 3 inches (cm)

Checkerboard Cichlid Life Expectancy: 5 years

Checkerboard Cichlid Habitat: South American rivers and streams

Checkerboard Cichlid Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons

Checkerboard Cichlid Temperament: Generally peaceful

Checkerboard Cichlid Diet & Nutrition: Carnivorous - Does well with flake or pellet foods but also enjoys live or frozen foods.

Checkerboard Cichlid Description: These are small, thin torpedo-shaped fish. Checkerboard Cichlids have an off-white ventral surface. That same color, along with dark beige, is included in the side striping. The two dark beige stripes are overlaid with thicker black squarish splotches, and the lowest such stripe commences with a black eye mask. The dorsal fin of D. filamentosus makes up most of the length of the dorsal surface. All fins (except the sometimes-red ventrals) are clear and may have an iridescent green sheen to them.

Tank Mate Compatibility: Other peaceful south american species such as angelfish, silver dollars or barbs

Checkerboard Cichlid Breeding & Spawning: Moderately easy. In soft, acidic water, the pair will will clean a broad leaf or flat rock. The female will then lay her eggs on the leaf or rock and they are immediately fertilized by the male. After spawning, the female guards the eggs and becomes very territorial. She will attack any fish that gets too close to her eggs, including the male cichlid.

Determining Checkerboard Cichlid Sex: Males tend to be larger and more colorful that females

Aquarium Region: Middle to bottom of tank.

Checkerboard Cichlid Diseases: None specific to species

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