Cribroheros longimanus – Red Breast Cichlid

Cribroheros longimanus or Red Breast Cichlid is a territorial fish that should be kept as a couple.

Description

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.

Origin

Central America; Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

Diet

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.

Author

Jan Bukkems – Aquavisie

Copyright images

F. Ingemann Hansen – Akvariefotografen.com
Michael Negrini – Pisciculture d’Estalens

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