Herichthys bartoni – Barton’s Cichlid

Herichthys bartoni or Barton’s Cichlid is a rather robust species that can be rather aggressive to other fishes during breeding time.

Herichthys bartoni – Barton’s Cichlid

Herichthys bartoni or Barton’s Cichlid is a rather robust species that can be rather aggressive to other fishes during breeding time. You should keep them together with fishes that are not too small. The aquarium should be set up with stones, driftwood and roots that make hiding places. The substrate should be sandy. Only hard plants that are anchored very well can be used fir decoration.  It is wise to raise a group of unrelated juveniles (6-8) to sexual maturity and allow them to pair off. The best pair should be chosen for breeding and other pairs should be removed.

This species was first described in 1892 by Bean.

Synonyms: Nosferatu bartoni, Cichlasoma bartoni, Acara bartoni.

Origin

Mexico; Inhabits the Atlantic slope of Mexico. They can be found in the upper Rio Verde and the Laguna de la Media Luna of the Rio Panuco basin.

Diet

You should give them large, live food. Frozen and dry food are accepted as well. A part of the food should be vegetable. Please be careful with beef heart and Tubifex.

Breeding Herichthys bartoni – Barton’s Cichlid

Breeding Herichthys bartoni – Barton’s Cichlid is rather easy with a good matching couple. Up to 300 eggs are laid and fertilized on a somewhat hidden substrate. After 3-4 days the eggs hatch. The parents bring the larvae to breeding pits. Both parents care for the fry a very long time. A good couple can raise several nests each year.

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Jan Bukkems – Aquavisie
John de Lange

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Bruce Vandeweghe

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