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Striped Pike Cichlid (Crenicichla strigata)

Photo of: Striped Pike Cichlid (Crenicichla strigata)

Scientific Name(s): Crenicichla strigata


Common Name(s): Striped Pike Cichlid


Family: Cichlidae


Species Type: South American Cichlids


Maximum Size: 14 inches


Life Span: 12 years


Natural Habitat: South American rivers


Minimum Tank Size: 150 gallons


Tank Region: All over


Possible Tank Mates: Other cichlids, catfish or plecos


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.


Temperature Range: 72°F - 82°F



pH Range: 6.4 - 7.8

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Hardness Range: 1° - 20°



Breeding Information: 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.


Sexing Information: 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.


Diet: Carnivorous - does well with live foods, meaty frozen foods or meaty freeze-dried foods.


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


Common Diseases: None specific to species.


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