Dolphin Cichlid (Krobia itanyi)

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Dolphin Cichlid

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Dolphin Cichlid

Krobia itanyi

208 Litres (55 US G.)

10-12.5 cm (3.9-4.9")




6.5 - 7.5

23 -28 °C (73.4-82.4°F)

6-16 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years



Additional names

Dolphin Cichlid, Dolphin Acara

Additional scientific names

Aequidens itanyi


One fish historically coveted by Acara aficionados is Krobia itanyi, the "Dolphin Acara," now in the genus Krobia (Kullander and Nijssen 1989; Krobia is the native name for these fish). In fact, we have probably never seen the "real" Krobia itanyi because this fish is known only from the Marowijne drainage in Surinam (described first by Puyo [1943] from the Rio Itany in French Guiana), far from commercial collecting sites. Instead, the hobby "itanyi" is most likely Krobia guianensis, whose extended range throughout the Guianas makes it a reasonable candidate for the collectors' nets, particularly those in Guyana. Kullander and Nijssen (1989) report an additional two species in this genus, as yet undescribed, from the Rios Araguaia and Xingu in Brazil.


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