Striped Pike Cichlid

Other Striped Pike Cichlid Names: Striped Pike Cichlid

Striped Pike Cichlid Scientific Name: Crenicichla strigata

Striped Pike Cichlid (Crenicichla strigata))

Temperature Range: 72°F-82°F
pH Range: 6.4-7.8
Hardness Range: 1-20°

Family: Cichlidae

Species Type: South American Cichlids

Striped Pike Cichlid Adult Size: 14 inches (cm)

Striped Pike Cichlid Life Expectancy: 12 years

Striped Pike Cichlid Habitat: South American rivers

Striped Pike Cichlid Minimum Tank Size: 150 gallons

Striped Pike Cichlid Temperament: Aggressive and predatory - will eat anything that can fit into mouth.

Striped Pike Cichlid Diet & Nutrition: Carnivorous - does well with live foods, meaty frozen foods or meaty freeze-dried foods.

Striped Pike Cichlid Description: As with most larger pike cichlids, they are very aggressive. And they have a large appetite. They will eat anything that will fit into their mouths. This includes fish that are as long as they are, as long as they can fit them into their mouths at the start. They will carry the partially eaten fish in their mouths for days, until they can completely consume it. They have no problems eating plecos that they can get the head in their mouths. A very large tank of 150 gals and more, is required.

Tank Mate Compatibility: Other cichlids, catfish or plecos

Striped Pike Cichlid Breeding & Spawning: Substrate and cave spawners. Excellent parents. Will guard the fry with extreme prejudice. Very large aquarium needed, with plenty of hiding spaces and open areas. Male becomes extremely aggressive at breeding time, and may injure and kill the female in his attempts. Gestation period app 48 hours depending on the temp. Parents move the fry to pits.

Determining Striped Pike Cichlid Sex: Females are more rounded in the belly, and have red on the belly when becoming ready to spawn. The red becomes more dark as the female becomes more fertile.

Aquarium Region: All over

Striped Pike Cichlid Diseases: None specific to species.

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