Cribroheros longimanus – Red Breast Cichlid
Cribroheros longimanus or Red Breast Cichlid is a territorial fish that should be kept as a couple. Usually they are peaceful when kept with other cichlids. The tank should have a sandy bottom. Provide hiding places with rocks, driftwood and roots. Open swimming areas are necessary. Because the fish digs during mating times plants cannot be used as decoration.
Synonyms: Heros longimanus, Astronotus longimanus, Cichlasoma longimanus, Thorichthys longimanus, Astatheros longimanus, Cichlasoma popenoei, Amphilophus longimanus.
Central America; Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
The fish is omnivorous and he prefers worms. Frozen and dry food is accepted as well.
Breeding Cribroheros longimanus – Red Breast Cichlid
Breeding Cribroheros longimanus – Red Breast Cichlid is easy. Up to 500 eggs are laid in a pit and fertilized. After 2 days the eggs hatch and another 6 days later the youngsters swim free. Both parents take care of the fry. You can start feeding with baby brine shrimp and a few days later with fine dry food.
Jan Bukkems – Aquavisie