Cuban AKA Biajaca Cichlid (Nandopsis tetracanthus), Tank-Bred!
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The Cuban Cichlid is a very unique species that mutures to stunning purple and black marbled coloration and sometimes inhabits brackish water!
The Cuban Cichlid (Nandopsis tetracantus) is a very unique cichlid species that matures to iridescent purple and black coloration. It is not bred as commonly and frequently as many other New World cichlid species. It is, however, a very majestic and rewarding species that is long-lived and worthy of centerpiece display in the large aquarium. It is a robust and fairly aggressive species with plenty of personality and striking coloration. Unlike most cichlid species, the Cuban Cichlid sometimes inhabits brackish water in the wild. However, it does not require salt to thrive in the aquarium.
The Cuban Cichlid will thrive in a large aquarium with a sandy substrate and plenty of refuge. Like many cichlids, this species is known to sometimes rearrange decor to its liking, so it is necessary to avoid "avalanches" of decorative stones and driftwood. This cichlid has a powerful bite and can be aggressive, so care must be taken in choosing tankmates. Territoriality is typically at its peak during spawning. Due to the eventual adult size of the Cuban Cichlid, it should not be kept with ornamental invertebrates. If spawning is desired, tankmates of other species should be avoided altogether. It should also be noted that the Cuban Cichlid is typically more peaceful with tankmates when it is grown up with them from juvenile age rather than introduced as an adult. Powerful filtration and regular water changes are necessarry for this large species.
Feeding is simple for the unfussy Cuban 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 juvenile specimens of this magnificent fish.
What We Like About This Fish:
- Beautiful black and purple pastel coloration as an adult
- Very hardy with plenty of personality
- Possible to breed in the aquarium
- Rather uncommon species
- Potential to be a "centerpiece" fish
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
- Temperature: 76° - 86° F (24° - 30° C)
- pH: 7.0 - 8.0
- KH: 10 - 15 KH
- Minimum tank size: 75+ gallons for 1 mature adult or pair
- Diet: Omnivorous. A variety of high-quality dry, frozen, and live meaty foods is necessary for optimal health and coloration. Plenty of vegetable matter (blanched spinach, shelled peas, spirulina) is also necessary.
- Social behavior: Congregates loosely in groups as a juvenile. Both males and females can be territorial during spawning.
- Origin: Tank-bred, but indigenous to Cuba
- Average adult size: 8 - 10 inches (20.3 - 25.4 cm), females are smaller than males
- Average purchase size: Juvenile: 1 - 2 inches (2.5 - 5 cm)