Etroplus maculatus

Common Names: Orange Chromide
Synonyms: Chaetodon maculatus
Family: Cichlidae
Category: Cichlids
Distribution: Asia; Western India and Sri Lanka.
Main Ecosystem: River; River
Temperament: Peaceful; Relatively peaceful.
Diet: Carnivore; Carnivore
Care: Will eat almost any kind of food. Well-planted tank, but with open swimming areas. Brackish water is preferred, though not neccessary, for general well-being. If salt is added, put in one teaspoon of salt for every gallon of water.
7 - 8
20°C - 26°C
68°F - 79°F
10 dH - 25 dH
Potential Size: Male: 4cm (1.6")
Female: 4cm (1.6")
Water Region: Middle, Bottom; Middle-Bottom
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Difficult to determine.
Breeding: Brackish water beneficial. Eggs are layed on flat suface cleaned by parents. Parents take care of fry in pits dug in the substrate.
Comments: One of the few native Asian cichlids. The common name was derived from the orange spots on the wild-type form, not the overall color of a golden type developed in aquaria. A blue form is also available.
Main Colours: Orange, Brown, Black
Markings: Not Specified
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Convex
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