Cupid Cichlid (Biotodoma cupido)

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Cupid Cichlid

Cupid Cichlid

Biotodoma cupido

114 Litres (30 US G.)

12.7-15.2cm (5-6 ")




6.0 - 7.5

22.2-24.4°C (72 -76 °F)

5-15 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

3-5 years



Additional names

Cupid Cichlid, Greenstreaked Eartheater

Additional scientific names

Acara subocularis, Geophagus cupido

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Males have iridescent blue lines on their cheeks while females have spots.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A territorial fish that can be aggressive, best kept in pairs with robust fast-swimming fish such as larger Tetras, Plecos and Headstanders.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Prefers a meaty diet of cichlid pellets, live/frozen brine shrimp, daphnia and tubifex.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Needs a mature well filtered tank that does not have too strong a current, must have plenty of caves in which to set up territories.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A surprisingly aggressive territorial fish for its size. Best in male/female pairs.

Identification[edit | edit source]

There are several colour variations of this fish, the most often seen is grey across the back with the flanks being iridescent and marked with transverse stripes that vary on boldness from fish to fish, in some they may not be visible at all. A black spot is located on the rear, upper-part of the fish. A black band runs through the eye from the forehead to the corner of the gill cover.

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