Other Wolf Cichlid Names:
Wolf Cichlid, Guapote, Dovii Cichlid
Wolf Cichlid Scientific Name:
Parachromis dovii, Cichlasoma dovii, Herichthys dovii, Heros dovii
Wolf Cichlid Temperament:
Species Type: South American Cichlids
Wolf Cichlid Adult Size: 28 inches (cm)
Wolf Cichlid Life Expectancy: 15 years
Wolf Cichlid Habitat: South American Rivers
Wolf Cichlid Minimum Tank Size:
Predatory; Extremely aggressive. An adult Wolf Cichlid will usually dominate any tank, no matter what the occupants. Should only be kept with other large, aggressive cichlids, and even then in a very large tank with many distinct territories.
Wolf Cichlid Diet & Nutrition:
Carnivorous - does well with live, frozen or freeze dried foods. Also may accept pellet foods.
Wolf Cichlid Description:
Maintain a temperature at the lower end of the Wolf Cichlids temperature range to reduce aggression if required. The sheer physical size of this fish will be a powerful factor in determining its suitability for an aquarium: while this is a rewarding species for the Cichlid specialist, it IS a classic 'tank buster' that requires huge quarters as an adult (make that COLOSSAL quarters if housed with other large Cichlids!). A fish that should only be taken on by a dedicated and knowledgeable keeper prepared to make the large capital investment in the size of aquarium that this giant Cichlid needs and deserves. Feed cichlid pellets and frozen blood worms. Also feeds on small fish and earthworms. A large tank is required with hiding places if there is more than one fish to be housed. Plants are not required and are usually uprooted.
Tank Mate Compatibility:
This species is usually best left in a species only tank.
Wolf Cichlid Breeding & Spawning:
Spawning will usually be on a large flat rock in the middle of the tank. Breeding is not usually difficult, but finding a pair will be hard. Many hiding places are needed for the female as she will be chased and bit constantly by the male until she is either killed or they become a pair. The female will produce an enormous amount of eggs.
Determining Wolf Cichlid Sex:
Females grow smaller, while males have a green tinge to their nose and fins.
Wolf Cichlid Diseases:
None specific to species.
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