Herotilapia multispinosa


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SKU: Rio San Juan Rainbow Cichild F2 (H. multispinosa) XS Categories: ,

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Herotilapia multispinosa

Origin: Central America – Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica

Geographic Range: Rivers and lakes in the region.

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

Average Adult Size: Around 5 inches (12.7 cm)

Sexual Dimorphism: Limited sexual dimorphism; males may have slightly longer fins and brighter coloration.

Minimum Tank Size: 55 gallons or larger for a single specimen; larger for a breeding pair.

Temperament: Generally peaceful, especially compared to more aggressive cichlid species. Best kept in a community setting with other non-aggressive fish. May exhibit territorial behavior, particularly during breeding.

Recommended Water Parameters:

pH: 7.0-8.0
Temp: 75-82°F (24-28°C)
Hardness: 5-20 dGH
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: Under 30ppm
Note: Herotilapia multispinosa, commonly known as the Rainbow Cichlid or Mother Cichlid, is a colorful and moderately aggressive cichlid. Provide a well-decorated aquarium with hiding spots and open swimming space. Exercise caution when keeping them with other fish, as they can be territorial and aggressive, especially during breeding.

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