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Thorichthys Ellioti

Discussion in 'Cichlids - Central and South American' started by DrRob, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. DrRob

    DrRob It's life Jim, but not as we know it.
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    Sep 22, 2011
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    Common name: Ellioti's cichlid

    Scientific name: Thorichthys ellioti

    Family: Cichlidae

    Origin: Southern Mexico

    Maximum size: 6-7 inches

    Temperature: 23-28

    Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons

    Care: A very similar fish to the far more common firemouth cichlid, but arguably less aggressive even than them. Inhabits similar conditions and comes from slow moving rivers and pools with lots of branches, rocks and leaf litter. pH and hardness tend from the neutral to alkali ends of the spectrum but mine have bred happily in relatively soft, acid water. Tank mates, like with the firemouths should not be too aggressive and also not too small. Be very careful with shrimp and snails as they view these as a tasty snack.

    Feeding: Cichlid flakes/pellets, most live food, seems to love mosquito larvae and blood worms but also takes brine shrimp very happily.

    Sexing: Females smaller but often equally colourful with similar flashes of blue across their sides. Males are larger and, whilst still having the single horizontal line and spot they lack the dorsal fin spot, however there is some debate as to whether this is a mark of a degree of inbreeding with similar species. Males also show more pointed fins, with a slightly more pronounced red edge to the fins.

    Breeding: Apparently they prefer enclosed areas of smooth rock, however mine have always laid on wood despite being given appropriate rocks. On hatching the fry are transferred to holes in the substrate, which they're generally quite good about leaving alone unless they're breeding, but in that situation sand is desirable. They make quite good parents, although the male can get aggressive to the female and deaths do result.
    Caring for fry, male above female
    Male with fry

  2. FlyingSquid

    FlyingSquid Mostly New Member

    Jul 27, 2013
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    Nice, really nice looking fish.

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