Rocio octofasciata


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SKU: Jack Dempsey Cichlid TR (R. octofasciata) MD Categories: ,

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Rocio octofasciata

Common Name: Jack Dempsey Cichlid

Origin: Endemic to freshwater habitats in Central America, specifically found in rivers and lakes in Mexico and Honduras.

Geographic Range: Native to Central America.

Diet: Carnivore; In the wild, they feed on a variety of small fish, insects, and invertebrates. In captivity, provide a diet rich in high-quality pellets, cichlid pellets, and occasional live or frozen foods such as fish, shrimp, and other protein-rich offerings.

Average Adult Size: Can reach up to 10-15 inches (25-38 cm).

Sexual Dimorphism: Limited sexual dimorphism. Males may develop slightly more extended dorsal and anal fins, and their coloration may intensify during breeding.

Minimum Tank Size: A tank of at least 75 gallons is recommended for adult Rocio octofasciata.

Temperament: Aggressive and territorial. Not suitable for community tanks. Keep them with large, robust tankmates, or better kept alone.

Recommended Water Parameters:

pH: 6.5-8.0
Temp: 75-82°F (24-28°C)
Hardness: 5-20 dGH
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: Under 20ppm
Tank Setup:

Provide a tank with hiding spots created by rocks, caves, or driftwood.
Use a substrate of sand or fine gravel.
Large, durable decorations to create territories.
Note: Rocio octofasciata is known for its distinctive appearance and aggressive behavior. Due to their territorial nature, careful consideration should be given to tankmates and tank setup. Regular water changes, powerful filtration, and a high-protein diet are essential for their well-being.

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