Chessboard Cichlid (Dicrossus filamentosus)

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Chessboard Cichlid

Chessboard Cichlid

Dicrossus filamentosus

45 Litres (12 US G.)

3-4.1cm (1.2-1.6 ")




5.0 - 7.0

23 -25 °C (73.4-77°F)

5-8 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

3-5 years



Additional names

Checkerboard Cichlid, Chessboard Cichlid, Lyretailed Checkerboard Cichlid

Additional scientific names

Crenicara filamentosa, Dicrossus filamentosa

Origin[edit | edit source]

South America in the Rio Icana. A black-water river, near the Rio Negro.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Mature males will have more colour and longer tips on the fins.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Since this fish is a Dwarf Cichlid, typically it benefits from having smaller companions. Tank mates such as Cardinal Tetras, Lemon Tetras, Glowlight Tetras etc. Bottom dwellers such as Corydoras are also good. Avoid fin-nippers such as Tiger Barbs and Serpae Tetras. Very active fish like some Loaches may bother this fish.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Prefers a meaty diet of bloodworm and Cichlid pellets.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed bloodworm twice a week and feed flake and pellets sparingly on other days. Feed little but often.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Provide this fish with a spacious tank and plenty of hiding places, due to its origins, it prefers softer water and a lower pH.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

Not overly aggressive, but Cichlids will be Cichlids so some individuals may display more aggressive behaviour than others, especially males towards other males of the same species.

Identification[edit | edit source]

White base colour with a checkered pattern on the body, in between blue bars and shading. Long flowing rays on the tips of the tail.

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