Three Spot Cichlid
Other Three Spot Cichlid Names:
Three Spot Cichlid, Trimac Cichlid, Tri-spot Cichlid, Trispot Cichlid
Three Spot Cichlid Scientific Name:
Three Spot Cichlid Temperament:
Species Type: Central American Cichlids
Three Spot Cichlid Adult Size: 14 inches (cm)
Three Spot Cichlid Life Expectancy: 12 years
Three Spot Cichlid Habitat: Rivers and lakes in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
Three Spot Cichlid Minimum Tank Size:
Aggressive and Territorial
Three Spot Cichlid Diet & Nutrition:
Omnivorous - These fish should be fed quality flakes or cichlid crumbles while juveniles, but as they grow they should be switched over to appropriately sized quality pellets. Krill, shrimp, live fish and worms can be given as a treat.
Three Spot Cichlid Description:
The trimac cichlid is rather drab as a juvenile, but becomes a stunning fish that gets quite large and aggressive. The fish has three distinctive spots on each side.
Due to the Flowerhorn craze, most trimacs in the hobby are actually low-grade flowerhorns. This species was one of the principle species used in the creation of flowerhorns. In order to find a pure A. trimaculatum you'd have to buy from a reputable importer or breeder.
Tank Mate Compatibility:
This is a large and aggressive cichlid. The only acceptable tank mates are other large cichlids or catfish.
Three Spot Cichlid Breeding & Spawning:
Breeding requires a large tank around 125 gallons or more. The three spot cichlid is an egg layer and will require flat rocks to lay eggs on. A pair will form at approx. 5-7". The female will guard the eggs/fry while the male will guard the surrounding area. Once paired, this fish will dilligently guard the eggs/fry and can injure or kill any fish that gets too close to the nesting area.
Determining Three Spot Cichlid Sex:
Males will grow larger than females and will grow larger nuchal humps. Males will also likely have longer extensions on their dorsal and anal fins.
Three Spot Cichlid Diseases:
Hole in the head (HITH)
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