Minckley’s Cichlid (Herichthys minckleyi)

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Minckley’s Cichlid

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Minckley’s Cichlid

Herichthys minckleyi

227 Litres (60 US G.)

16-18cm (6.3-7.1 ")

sg

Freshwater

pH

7.6 - 7.8

24.4-27.8°C (76 -82 °F)

55-55 °d

1:1 M:F

Omnivore
Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-10 years

Family

Cichlidae





Additional names

Minckley’s Cichlid

Additional scientific names

Cichlasoma minckleyi


Origin

Herichthys minckleyi originates from Cuatro Cienegas de Carranza in Mexico.[1] It has 3 feeding morphs; piscivorous, molluscivorous, and detritivorous. It was originally described as Cichlasoma minckleyi by Kornfield, Irving & J. Taylor in 1983. It is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as of 1996.[2]

Sexing

When breeding the male will turn black while the female turns white with black blotches.

Breeding

While not as large as its cousin, Herichthys cyanoguttatus, H. minckleyi still needs a large aquarium. Breeding success has been reported in tanks as small as 227 Litres (60 US G.), but over 379 Litres (100 US G.) is better.

Tank compatibility

Diet

In the wild, depending on their morph, they eat snails small fish or detritus. In the aquarium they can eat flakes and other prepared or live foods.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics

This fish comes from clear shallow springs in Mexico. The water temperature is very warm and stable there (33.5-34°C (92.3-93.2°F) ).

Behaviour

Identification

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Herichthys minckleyi with Vieja argentea:

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