Montecristo Cichlid (Vieja Heterospilus)

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Scientific Name: Vieja heterospilus

Common name: Montecristo Cichlid

Type: Fresh water fish

Family: Cichlidae

Origin zone: Central America

Origin: mexico, guatemala

Max length: 22 cm

Temperature: 26 - 28 C

PH: 7.5 - 8

GH: 8 - 12

Water flow: Medium flowing water

Preferred tank level: Bottom-Middle

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Rather lively fish that is not very aggressive to other species. The aquarium should be set up with stones, driftwood and roots that make hiding places. You should leave enough free swimming space. Because they eat plants it is not wise to use them for decoration. Water-quality and temperatures are not very important. You should give them mostly vegetable food such as spinach and lettuce. Dry vegetable food is accepted as well. Breeding is rather easy. A large number of eggs are laid and fertilized. Both parents care for the fry very fanatic. The male defends the territory. When the eggs are hatched the parents move the fry to a large breeding pit. After 10 days the young fishes are swimming free. You can raise them with baby brine shrimp.

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