Common name: Checkerboard cichlid, spadetailed checkerboard cichlid
Scientific name: Dicrossus maculatus
Distribution: Amazon and Tapajós basins in Brazil
Habitat: Shallow blackwater streams among dense root tangles and vegetation
Temperature: 78 – 84°F
pH: 5.0 – 6.5
Adult size: 3 inches
Sexing: Mature males have vertical rows of spots on the caudal fin, and a bluish iridescence. They will also develop longer ventral fins with a thin blue stripe absent in those of females.
Diet: May accept flakes and pellets but prefers frozen or live invertebrates such as blackworms and brine shrimp.
Conspecifics: Males can be territorial, especially during breeding, but most conflict is resolved through rituals rather than actual fighting. It is still a good idea to provide plenty of cover and vision breaks.
Tankmates: Peaceful with small community fish, though its timid nature might mean it is outcompeted by large or aggressive tankmates.
Notes: Dicrossus maculatus is rarely captive-bred and wild individuals are often quite delicate and sensitive to rapid changes in water conditions. These fish require pristine water quality and very soft, acidic conditions that may require a combination of RO (reverse osmosis) and tannins to achieve.
Housed in our huge fish warehouse here in San Diego, California, with thousands of other fish species. Please let us know if you have any questions before deciding to purchase by emailing us at email@example.com.
Order Online to ship anywhere in the USA
Please note our $100 minimum order value for shipping orders, and refer to our Terms & Conditions page for more details. Aquarium Fish Depot is proud to offer a Live Arrival Guarantee. The fish under our care receive the same, great treatment as those in our own personal collections, and we will never ship a fish we deem unhealthy for shipping.
|Lake Malawi||Lake Tanganyika|
|See All Collections|