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Flyer Cichlid

Discussion in 'Cichlids - Central and South American' started by Dany, Feb 12, 2006.

  1. Dany

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    Common Name - flyer cichlid

    Scientific name - Archocentrus centrarchus

    Family - cichlidae

    Origin - widely distributed across Central America

    Maximum size - males 7" & females to around 5" (generally smaller)

    Care - a hardy fish, can be aggressive especially when breeding. This fish is becoming uncommon and is not seen frequently in the hobby.

    Feeding - will eat flake; prefers pellets and meaty foods such as earthworms and frozen food.

    Sexing - the male has extensions to the dorsal fin and is larger than the female.

    Breeding - the male will firstly clear a patch of the substrate. Both fish then become darker in colour and show signs of aggression before breeding. The pair will start to clean a surface like a rock or the side of the filter. Approximately 400 eggs are then deposited. These hatch after about 60 hours and are free swimming after about 4 days. The fry are strongly protected by the pair.

    DSCF0248.JPG male

     
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    DSCF0249.JPG male and female, male left, female right
     
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    Female

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    Male and Female in breeding dress

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    Only a note on to sexing to add.

    My females always have the anal spines flattend (or the very start of the anal fin).
    Where as my males have extend their spines/ anal fin completely.

    To tell them apart when they flex their fins there is a distinctly larger gap between the pelvic and anal fins on a female.
     
  4. mattlee

    mattlee get on a board and do yo thang...!
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    my flier cichlid
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    england channa aka snakehead

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    england channa aka snakehead

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