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Common name/s: White spotted pike cichlid, spangled pike cichlid

Scientific name Crenicichla saxatilis

Family: Cichlidae

Origin: South america

Maximum size:10"

Care: Care is similar to that of members of the Central American Cichlasoma group of fishes, and a large tank with plenty of hiding places and robust tankmates is a basic. The fish does not do well in hard and alkaline water, a pH above 7.5 should be avoided, temperatures of 25 to 30 centigrade (77-86f) are preferred. The fish is aggressive to members of its own species and other pikes, but can be combined with other large, semi aggressive species. The fish is a predator and tankmates should be at least 4" to avoid becoming food.

Feeding: Large meaty frozen and live foods, the fish rarely accepts pellets.

Sexing: Males are larger and more brightly coloured, with extensions on the dorsal and caudal fins. Females have eye spots on the dorsal and caudal fins.

Breeding: Difficult but possible, the hardest part is finding a suitable pair without them killing each other. The species is a cave spawner and after a brief courtship the eggs are stuck to the ceiling of a cave. The fry hatch within 4-6 days and can be fed with newly born live bearer fry.

Comments: The fish is one of a large group of species of the saxatilis group (spangled pikes). All members of this group are predators and have many of the same needs and requirements.
 

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