Keyhole Cichlid (Cleithracara maronii)
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114 Litres (30 US G.)
7.6-15.2cm (3-6 ")
6.0 - 7.7
22.2-25°C (72 -77 °F)
This animal is available captive bred
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- Keyhole Cichlid
Additional scientific names
- Acara maronii, Aequidens maronii
- Difficult to sex but males tend to be larger then females.
- A generally peaceful Cichlid.
- An omnivore which appreciates live food such as bloodworms. Will also take prepared foods such as Cichlid pellets.
- Feed once or twice daily. Will eagerly come to your hand after a feeding pattern is established.
- Does not eat plants and does not burrow. Needs hiding places.
- Sensitive to people outside the tank, especially movement above the height of the tank. Good-natured scrapping occurs among youth, with some being more dominant and some being more submissive. When very frightened, will flatten itself against a piece of wood and turn brown. To warn other fish or show aggressiveness, flares its dorsal fin. Normally laid-back casual swimming, but can be quite fast and can stop on a dime and 'hover' using it's pectoral fins as stabilizers. Eats tiny snails.
- Cream coloured body, with one or two vertical black stripes near the tail which have a circle at the top. These bands look like keyholes for a "skeleton key". May have slight rainbow of colour on top edge of dorsal fin, and subtle colours elsewhere on the body.
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