Dicrossus filamentosus

Common Names: Chequerboard
Chequerboard Cichlid
Synonyms: Crenicara filamentosa
Dicrossus filamentosa
Family: Cichlidae
Category: Cichlids
Distribution: America - South; Orinoco Basin, Rio Negro
Main Ecosystem: River
Temperament: Peaceful; Peaceful
Diet: Carnivore; Eats small live foods, but will occasionally accept flake foods.
Care: This fish is suitable for the more experienced aquarists rather than a novice. They should be kept in pais or trios (one male to two females) and should be kept in a well planted aquarium with nice well filtered and oxygenated water. Keep them with a school of Tetras, as when they are alone they will bcome timid and will hide. They need close attention to water quality, poor conditions can lead to bad health. They can be very territorial when breeding.
5.5 - 6.4
22°C - 25°C
72°F - 77°F
5 dH - 10 dH
Potential Size: Male: 8cm (3.1")
Female: 8cm (3.1")
Water Region: Middle, Bottom; Middle-Bottom
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Males are 9 cm, while females are 6 cm
Breeding: When breeding, these egg depositors lay fifty to one hundred eggs are layed on a flat leaf or rock and the female will guard the larvae and fry. Make sure the water hardness is fairly soft, if it is not right the eggs may develope fungus. The young are very easy to care for if a constant supply of brine shrimp is provided.
Main Colours: Grey, Brown, Gold
Markings: Spots Large
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Not Specified
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