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Thorichthys (Cichlasoma) ellioti
Category: Cichlids - Central American
Price: £13.95 each
Discount: No discounts available
Stock: 3 in stock
Care Level: Easy
Water Chemistry: More than pH 7 - Alkaline
Schooling Fish: No
Further information can be found below:
|Male or Female||Cannot be sexed|
|Water conditions:||These fish are currently kept in water Ph 8 and Hard|
|Volume Discount:||No discounts available|
Thorichthys ellioti (Spot-cheek Cichlid, Cichlasoma ellioti)
A close relative of the firemouth cichlid Thorichthys meeki. It is a little smaller than the firemouth, maximum size being about 15 cm, and quite a bit milder. It would work well with other relatively placid Central American cichlids such as Archocentrus myrnae, Archocentrus sajica, and Archocentrus spilurus.
Basic colour is pinkish-yellow with a rosy are across the belly and a bluish patch across the back half of the flank and the caudal peduncle. There is a scattering of electric blue spots on the cheeks, flanks and fins. As with the firemouth cichlid, there are small but prominent eyespots on the gill covers, as well as another eyespot on each flank, about halfway down the body. Depending on the mood, a dark longitudinal band will be visible running from the eye across the flank just under the eyespot and onto the base of the tail. The fins are particularly pretty, with blue spots and a bright red trim on the dorsal and anal fins.
Males are a little bigger than females and have longer, more pointed anal and dorsal fins.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
Very similar to the more commonly traded firemouth cichlid (Thorichthys meeki) in terms of care, but less aggressive and generally a better community fish when kept with other relatively small and placid Central American cichlids. Benefits from the addition of surface-dwelling dither fish such as swordtails.
Although not overtly aggressive, this species cannot be recommend for the general community tank because breeding pairs will vigourously defend their chosen spawning site, usually a cave of some sort.
An omnivore, this species enjoys algae, worms, insect larvae, and other small food items. Does well on cichlids pellets, though offering a variety of foods, including algae, will ensure optimal colouration.
Breeding this species is identical the firemouth cichlid.
Further fish details are shown below:
|Distribution||Central America: Mexico, Papaloapán River basin|
|Size||To 15 cm|
|Water Parameters||Hard, alkaline preferred|