Species name: Cichla monoculus
Synonym: Cichla bilineatus, Cychla monoculus, Cychla nigromaculata, Cycla toucounarai
Family: Cichlidae (Cichlids)
Order: Perciformes (perch-likes)
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
Max. size: 70 cm / 28 inches
Origin: South America. Amazon River basin in Peru, Colombia and Brazil
Temperament: Relatively non aggressive considering cichlids of that size.
Company: Only keep with fish that are to large to be considered food.
Water parameters: pH 6.0-7.5, temperature 24-30°C / 75-86° F
Aquarium setup: Cichla monoculus are an ambush predator and the aquarium should be set up accordingly. Create a lot of hiding places among rots and rocks.
Use hardy plants to great even more hunting grounds. Keep open areas for the fish to swim on.
Feeding: Accepts all kind of live food. Can be trained to accept frozen food and pellets.
Breeding: Can be breed in large aquariums.
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Juvenile Cichla monoculus. Copyright www.jjphoto.dk
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