Other Keyhole Cichlid Names:
Keyhole Cichlid Scientific Name:
Cleithracara maronii, Aequidens maronii, Acara maronii
Keyhole Cichlid Temperament:
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:
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 78°F. 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.
Keyhole Cichlid Diseases:
None specific to species.
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