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Black Belt Cichlid Vieja maculicauda
Category: Cichlids - Central American
Price: £8.95 each
Discount: Buy 5 or more Black Belt Cichlid Vieja maculicauda and get 15% off!!
Stock: Temporarily out of stock
Further information can be found below:
|Male or Female||Cannot be sexed|
|Water conditions:||These fish are currently kept in water Ph 8.0 and Hard|
|Volume Discount:||Buy 5 or more Black Belt Cichlid Vieja maculicauda and get 15% off!!|
Vieja maculicauda (Black Belt Cichlid)
A colourful cichlid with a metallic steel-blue to golden body, red face and throat, and a prominent black bar running vertically down the flank about halfway along the body.
There are no obvious differences between the sexes, though mature males will develop a nuchal hump. Males also tend to have green/blue eyes rather than the golden eyes typical of females. Juveniles are not brightly coloured as easily overlooked. With good care and a mixed diet they will grow quickly into very handsome fish.
Formerly known as Cichlasoma maculicauda.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
A relatively placid, easy-going Central American cichlid that works well in robust communities alongside other cichlids of similar temperament as well as large barbs, characins, silver dollars, plecs, loaches, etc. Would also work well in a large brackish water system with scats, monos, etc. Wild fish are sometimes found in fully marine environments.
Basic care is easy, provided the aquarium is large enough for these big fish and filtration adequate to their needs. They are very sensitive to high levels of nitrate. Primarily a plant eater, its diet should contain spinach, tinned peas, Spirulina flake food, and algae pellets or wafers. This can be supplemented with regular cichlid pellets and small invertebrates such as bloodworms.
Breeds quite readily in the aquarium. Territorial and aggressive during spawning. Spawning requires a fairly large (300 litre) tank because the males can be violent and in smaller quarters there is a risk he may damage the female. Eggs are deposited onto a clean, flat surface such as a large stone. A few hundred eggs are laid. The eggs take about two days to hatch, and once free swimming graze partially on the mucous of the parents as well as tiny live foods such as Artemia nauplii.
Further fish details are shown below:
|Water Parameters||Hard, alkaline water required; highly tolerant of brackish water|