Carpintis Cichlid

Central American Cichlid | Carpintis Cichlid

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(Please note that the fish shown in the photo is only a representative of what an adult specimen would look like. The color may vary based on the age and sex of the fish you receive.)

Scientific Name: Herichthys carpintis

Common Name: Carpintis Cichlid

Adult Size: 10 - 12 inches

Life Expectancy: 8 - 10 years

Habitat: Central America

Minimum Tank Size: 75 gallons

Ideal Tank Conditions:

  • Temperature Range: 75 - 82°F
  • pH Range: 7.0 - 8.0
  • Water Hardness: 5 - 15

Temperament: Aggressive and territorial, especially during breeding. Keep them with tankmates of similar size and temperament.

Diet & Nutrition: Omnivore; in the wild, they feed on a variety of small invertebrates, insects, and plant matter. In captivity, provide a balanced diet with high-quality pellets, flakes, and occasional live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp, bloodworms, and small invertebrates.

Breeding & Spawning: Challenging since these fish can be so aggressive and don't appreciate the presence of a conspecific—even if they were raised together—in a huge tank. Give this substrate spawning fish some flower pots and slate in the tank as a breeding surface. It will become obvious when a pair forms because of the aggression you will see in the tank. The fish will lay anywhere from 150-1,000 eggs which will hatch in about five days and are free swimming in eight.

Gender: Males are a little bit larger than females, and may develop a hump on their head.