Black Stripe Dwarf Cichlid (Taeniacara candidi) - TANK-BRED!!!
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The Black Stripe Dwarf Cichlid is a very uncommon and unique species that is rarely seen!
The Black Stripe Dwarf Cichlid (Taeniacara candidi) is a rather uncommon dwarf cichlid species that is known for its elongated body and spade-shaped tail. This Brazilian native is also regarded by some to be a challenge to keep and breed due to its preference for very soft water and its aggressive personality. Tank-bred specimens, however, seem to be more adaptable. Despite its challenges in care, this species is also regarded by many as possibly the most interesting dwarf cichlid species to keep. As with most dwarf cichlids, males are generally more colorful than females.
The Black Stripe Dwarf Cichlid will thrive in an aquarium with a sandy substrate and plenty of refuge such as clay pots, driftwood, and rock formations. It is an excellent candidate for the planted aquarium, but it also needs a fair amount of open space. This cichlid is sometimes compatible with other peaceful fish as long as it has plenty of space. Territoriality is typically at its peak during spawning. Dwarf shrimp and other small, delicate invertebrates should not be kept with the Black Stripe Dwarf Cichlid, but more durable, larger shrimp and snails could possibly make good tankmates in a large enough aquarium. If spawning is desired, tankmates of other species should be kept to a minimum or avoided altogether.
Feeding is simple for the unfussy Black Stripe Dwarf Cichlid. High-quality dry, frozen, and live meaty foods will all be readily accepted. Quality and variety are the keys to a diet that will ensure that this fish maintains optimal health and coloration.
We are currently offering sexed, sub-adult/young adult specimens of this magnificent species. They are displaying remarkable coloration, but their color will be even more vibrant as they mature further!
What We Like About This Fish:
- Very unique dwarf cichlid
- Rarely available, especially as tank-bred specimens
- Possible to breed in the aquarium
- Compatible with many other species in a spacious tank
- Perfect species for the heavily planted aquarium
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
- Temperature: 81° - 86° F (27° - 30° C)
- pH: 4.5 - 5.8, tank-raised specimens are sometimes more flexible regarding pH level
- KH: 2 – 10 KH
- Minimum tank size: 15 gallons for a pair, but a larger tank is required for a group, especially with multiple males
- Diet: Carnivorous. A variety of high-quality dry, frozen, and live meaty foods is necessary for optimal health and coloration.
- Social behavior: Congregates loosely in groups. Males can be territorial when attempting to spawn and females are very protective of their eggs during spawning.
- Origin: Tank-bred, but indigenous to Rio Negro, Brazil
- Average adult size: Males: 2 - 2.5 inches (5 - 6.4 cm). Females: 2 inches (5 cm)
- Average purchase size: 1.5 inches (3.8 cm)