Keyhole Cichlid

Other Keyhole Cichlid Names: Keyhole Cichlid

Keyhole Cichlid Scientific Name: Cleithracara maronii, Aequidens maronii, Acara maronii

Keyhole Cichlid (Cleithracara maronii))

Temperature Range: 72°F-78°F
pH Range: 6-7.8
Hardness Range: 10-20°

Family: Cichlidae

Species Type: South American Cichlids

Keyhole Cichlid Adult Size: 4 inches (cm)

Keyhole Cichlid Life Expectancy: 10 years

Keyhole Cichlid Habitat: South American river deltas

Keyhole Cichlid Minimum Tank Size: 29 gallons

Keyhole Cichlid Temperament: Generally peaceful and timid.

Keyhole Cichlid Diet & Nutrition: Omnivorous - does well with flake or pellet food supplimented with live or frozen foods and fresh green vegetables.

Keyhole Cichlid Description: This species does not light a high amount of light so floating surface plants are recommended. Can be very timid at times, so much so that they will not eat until they become re-accustomed to their surroundings. This fish gets it nickname from the large spot on its flank or side. The original species collected, had this large spot as well as a black mark extending downward from the spot. Many you find today for sale, will also have this marking. It gives the appearance of an old fashion like key hole.

Tank Mate Compatibility: Acaras, convicts or dwarf cichlids species from South or Central America. Plecos and American catfish are usually compatible as well.

Keyhole Cichlid Breeding & Spawning: Use pH of 6.5 and a higher temperature of 78F. The eggs are laid on large flat rocks. Do not remove them after spawning as most are excellent parents. With appropriate pairs, Keyhole Cichlids are not difficult to breed.

Determining Keyhole Cichlid Sex: Males tend to be larger with more pointed anal and dorsal fins.

Aquarium Region: All over

Keyhole Cichlid Diseases: None specific to species.

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