Cichlasoma grammodes
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Cichlasoma grammodes

Common Names: Mini-Dovii
Sieve Cichlid
Synonyms: Herichthys grammodes
Nandopsis grammodes
Family: Cichlidae
Category: Cichlids
Distribution: America - Central; Mexico to Guatemala
Main Ecosystem: River; Can be found in lakes, but most commonly found in moderate to fast flowing streams and rivers
Temperament: Aggressive; Aggressive and territorial. These can be placed in a grow out tank as juveniles with other small cichlids, but grammodes will have to be separated at around 4-6"
Diet: Carnivore; Carnivore
Care: Grammodes are avid piscivores in nature meaning a large portion of their natural diet is live fish. In the aquarium, tank-raised feeders can be given as a treat preferably no more than once a week. More nutritional foods would include a high quality cichlid pellet, shrimp pellet, krill pellet and even the occasional spirulina or veggie pellet just for proper balanced nutrition. Frozen or freeze dried treats of blood worms, brine shrimp, beefheart or krill can be given as well as live treats o
7 - 8
22°C - 27°C
72°F - 81°F
10 dH - 30 dH
Potential Size: Male: 30.48cm (12")
Female: 30.48cm (12")
Water Region: Middle, Bottom; Middle-Bottom
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Can be difficult to determine unless a group of 6 or more are available for comparison. Males will have very  ounced red spots all over the body while the female will have very few, if any red spots below the mid-lateral line. Also, males will grow larger and develop a nuchal hump.
Breeding: This is not a more commonly available species and as such it is also not commonly spawned. A pair should form once they reach a size somewhere in the area of 4-6" at which time any other fish in the tank will most likely need to be removed. A flat surface which could be either the walls of a cave or a flat piece of slate will be cleaned and the female will lay the eggs. Once the pair have spawned one must keep a watchful eye on the pair to make sure they don't start becoming aggressive with e
Comments: The grammodes has been often referred to as a miniature version of Parachromis dovii and should be treated as such. By miniature this means the grammodes will only grow to a modest 12" instead of 30" plus of the real Wolf cichlid. This species is one of the "Grammodes complex" which also includes C. beani and C. istlanum. These 3 species are currently classified as exCichlasoma until further study and classification can be done.
One note of caution: there have heard a few reports that C.
Main Colours: Silver, Red, Black
Markings: Spots Small
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Convex
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