Parachromis dovii

"Wolf Cichlid"


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Parachromis dovii, the wolf cichlid, is a species of cichlid native to Central America where it occurs on both slopes of Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. This species grows to a length of 28.3 in.

Ideal water parameters of pH of 7.0 – 8.0 are preferable with a temperature of about 75–81 °F. Higher temperature will increase metabolism, thus increase eating rate, thus increase growth. Higher temperature is also beneficial in preventing the onset of parasites, such as ich. Lower temperature slows all facets of Dovii, included their immunity, making them more susceptible to disease.

The Parachromis are not fussy eaters and will readily accept most food substances offered. Cichlid pellets are an ideal daily food. Diet should be varied however, to include necessary nutrition. Offer a variety of insect, including blood worm, earthworm, mysis, crickets (for larger specimens). Chopped meat can also be offered along with beef heart (offer sparingly due to its high fat content) along with prawn and chopped fish filet.

Females tend to be smaller than males but in rare cases can grow as big as their than spawn mates. The gold/yellow colouration is more prominent in the females, especially during courtship, breeding and raising fry. The contrast between the black and gold/yellow will become prominent during breeding behavior. Also, the female will show a small tube sticking slightly out of her bottom to signify she is ready for egg-laying. The male’s dorsal and ventral fins are also much more elongated than the female’s. Males tend to be more blue, and the most dominant Alpha will have the brightest blue. In a mature specimen, the darker the male is, the more stressed/unhealthy that fish is.

Diet: Carnivore
Temp: 70-82°F
Hardness: Hard
Fish size: 28″
Min tank size: 300 Gallons

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