Checkerboard Cichlid

Checkerboard Cichlid  barb

Behaviour: Behaviour Peaceful, shy, territorial
Typical size: 4cm 
Max size: 5cm 
Tank Area: Tank Area Bottom, middle
Min Tank Size: 75cm
Temp Min: 23℃ Max: 25℃ 
Feeding: Feeding Sinking granules, live or frozen foods, possibly flake
pH Range: pH 5-7.5
Hardness: vs,s

Picture by Andy Gordon Checkerboard Cichlids are a peaceful dwarf cichlid ideally suited to soft water aquariums with planted areas and peaceful tankmates. These fish are senstive to water conditions so are not a beginners fish. Whilst peaceful, females will defend spawning sites and eggs or young, during which time they can be quite aggressive within a small territory. Having said this, breeding is difficult and unlikely without specific conditions. Whilst the species shown here is the most common, there are other Dicrossus species which may also be sold uner the ‘checkerboard cichlid’ name in a ddition to a lyretail variety. Provide hiding spots, areas of vegetation, and good quality soft acidic water. For the right aquarium, these fish are a beautiful little species.

Family Cichlidae (Cichlids) | Synonyms Dicrossus filamentosa, Dicrossus maculatus, Crenicara filamentosa, Crenicara maculatus | Other names Chessboard Cichlid, Lyretail Cichlid | Origin South America; Amazon River Basin | Breeding Egg layer – Eggs are laid on plant leaves or bogwood, female guards and cares for eggs and fry. | Natural Water Conditions pH 5-7, soft | Sexing Males are more colourful and have longer fins