Firehead Cichlid – Paratheraps synspilum
Species name: Paratheraps synspilum
Common name: Firehead Cichlid, Redhead Cichlid, Synspilum
Maximum size: 14 inches
Coloration: Generally mixed colored body including red, grey, prple, yellow and sometimes yellowish-green. Black spots or patchs genrally near tail and belly area. Colors become more bold with age.
Environment: Freshwater lakes, slow to no movement
Origin: Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico
Temperament: Aggressive and territorial
Company: Same sized cichlids with similar aggression. Green Terrors, Oscars, Midas, Flowerhorn, Texas Cichlid
Water parameters: pH 7.0 – 8.2 , medium to hard water and temperature 72-80 F
Aquarium setup: A lot of hiding places and caves. Al least a 75 gallon for one, 125 gallon for two or mixed species.
Feeding: Carnivorious; Sinking or floating pellets, crickets, bloodworms, krill, tubifex worms, nightcrawlers, beefheart
Breeding: Relatively hard to pair but once paired they are very territorial in an aquarium. Any other fish will be bullied sometimes to their death. Young pairs will generally eat their young while brooding but will easily spawn again.
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