Petenia splendida
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Petenia splendida

Common Names: Red Bay Snook
Red Snook
Family: Cichlidae
Category: Cichlids
Distribution: America - Central; Rio Papaloapan, Rio Coatzacoalcos and other waters of Central America, Red snooks are found near the rivers of Belize.
Main Ecosystem: River; River
Temperament: Predatory; Can Be Moderatly Aggressive.
Diet: Carnivore; Will eagerly eat live foods. Snooks will eat floating pellets, and many frozen and freeze dried foods. Feedings of foods rich in carotene are recommended to intensify red colouration.
Care: Make sure you have a large tank for these fellows as males can exeed 18" and females upto 12". 70-125 gallon tanks reccomended of at least 4 ft in length.
6 - 8
22°C - 27°C
72°F - 81°F
5 dH - 20 dH
Potential Size: Male: 50cm (19.7")
Female: 50cm (19.7")
Water Region: All; All
Activity: Unknown; Unknown
Gender: Difficult to Sex other than size of full grown fish and during breeding.
Breeding: It is best to raise 6 or 8 to adulthood and let them naturally form pairs. Remove non-paired Snooks. Tank mates should be provided to manage potential aggression between the newly formed pair. Substrate spawning, a flat stone or slate may help. Eggs hatch in around three days, with fry free swimming in four more days, depending on temperature. Remove eggs for hatching. After the fry become free swimming, they can be fed newly hatched live brine shrimp. Fry grow rapidly and begin to eat adult fro
Variants: The Bay Snook can be found in both a normal greenish color morph as well as the more popular red color morph.
Comments: In summary, the red form of Petenia splendida is a beautiful, moderately aggressive Neotropical cichlid which can be maintained in a community environment. It is highly recommended for the experienced aquarist interested in large, colorful cichlids.
Main Colours: Red, White, Brown
Markings: No Markings
Mouth: Upturned
Tail: Convex
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