Etroplus maculatus

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SKU: Orange Chromide WILD (E. maculatus) LG Categories: ,

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Etroplus maculatus

Origin: Southwestern India – Western Ghats

Geographic Range: Freshwater habitats, including rivers, streams, and lakes in the region.

Diet: Omnivore; Enjoys a varied diet including high-quality pellets, live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp, daphnia, and vegetable matter.

Average Adult Size: Around 4-5 inches (10-13 cm)

Sexual Dimorphism: Limited sexual dimorphism; males may exhibit more intense coloration, especially during breeding.

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons for a pair, larger for a community

Temperament: Generally peaceful, but can be territorial during breeding. Best kept in pairs or in a spacious community tank with other non-aggressive fish.

Recommended Water Parameters:

pH: 7.0-8.5
Temp: 75-82°F (24-28°C)
Hardness: 8-15 dGH
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: Under 30ppm
Note: Etroplus maculatus, also known as the Orange Chromide, is a colorful and relatively peaceful cichlid. Provide a well-planted aquarium with hiding spots and a mix of open swimming space.

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