Canara Pearlspot Cichlid (Etroplus canarensis)

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Canara Pearlspot Cichlid

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Canara Pearlspot Cichlid

Etroplus canarensis

151 Litres (40 US G.)

10.2-20.3cm (4-8 ")




6.0 - 7.5

22 -26 °C (71.6-78.8°F)

5-10 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Canara Pearlspot Cichlid, Banded Chromide

Origin[edit | edit source]

Asia: South Karnataka, India.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Males are larger and more heavily built than females.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Generally peaceful except if a pair decides to spawn. Best kept in a group of at least 7-8 in a large tank. Can be kept with shoaling fish too large to eat such as Devario malabaricus.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Should eat a variety of foods including bloodworm and artemia. Should also be offered vegetable material such as spirulina.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

This Chromide is happiest in a freshwater set up than brackish. They prefer a set up to resemble a flowing stream with a variably sized rocky substrate. They are sensitive to water quality so should only be introduced to mature set ups.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

Generally peaceful except if spawning.

Identification[edit | edit source]

An oval shaped fish. The body is cream-yellow in colour with several vertical dark bands running down the flanks but not around the belly.

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