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Dicrossus maculatus

Dicrossus maculatus

Spade-tailed Checkerboard Cichlid

Native Location: Brazil, Rio Tapajós, Rio Maués, and surrounding areas of the Brazilian Amazon

Climate: Tropical

Maximum Size: 6cm

Temperament: Peaceful (with caution)

Diet: Carnivore

Breeding: Difficult

Temperature Range: 26-30 (79-86)

Preferred pH Range: 3.4-5.4

Minimum Aquarium: 75l

Potential Tank mates: Small Tetras, Pleco, Hatchetfish, Angelfish

Care Level: Moderate

Setting up an aquarium is simple. Provide lots of cover and hiding places by adding small caves (ceramic pleco caves are incredible for these fish). Cover the entrance; only leaving a small opening will give the fish more confidence. Live foods may be vital to bringing Maculatus into breeding conditions which is why a densely planted aquarium is perfect. Live food stimulates a natural feeding instinct. 

As carnivores, they require a regular diet of live foods such as daphnia and bloodworms. They will also accept frozen foods of brine shrimp and Mysis shrimp if offered. 

Regarding size, the female of the species comes out at a maximum length of 6cm while males only reach 5.3cm. However, Females have less colour, yet, males display some vivid blue on the side of their heads. A fascinating species to keep but somewhat challenging when breeding. Providing such acidic and soft water is the key to breeding, but this can prove challenging for many fish keepers.

Both pH and water temperature before, during and after spawning is thought to affect the gender ratio in fry. Raising pH to 5.5 and lowering the temperature to 24 during the first month will create a more balanced ratio of females to males (generally more males than lower pH/higher temp).

All our fish are quarantined on arrival for two weeks. During this time, we treat for any health issues that may occur during transport and ensure each fish is eating well and looking healthy.  All fish are treated with Flubendazole before finally going on sale. 


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