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Wolf cichlid - Parachromis dovii
Scientific name: Parachromis dovii
Common name: Wolf cichlid
Usual size in fish tanks: 40 - 70 cm (15.75 - 27.56 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 7 - 8
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 12 - 18°N (214.29 - 321.43ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 24 - 28 °C (75.2 - 82.4°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: Central America
Temperament to its own species: aggressive/territorial
Temperament toward other fish species: aggressive/territorial
Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels
Food and feeding
Wolf cichlids will initially only accept live foods but they can be taught too accept other foods like beef heart, commercial pellets etc. Some keepers give then a diet of feeder fish like the common young goldfish but this can run the risk of adding diseases into your tank.
This is a Central American cichlid, it can be found from Honduras, right down to Costa Rica.
Males tend to have more extended fins with black dots on their heads. Females do not have these dots and there background color is more yellowish.
Wolf cichlids reach maturity at about 5 inches in length. They may spawn on flat surfaces or in caves depending on the individual fish. Batches of 1500 eggs will be laid and after 5 days these should hatch. The fry will be free swimming a few days later and can be fed on brine shrimp. Be prepared to size the fry as they develop as the larger ones may eat any under developed ones.
Expected life span is 15 years.
Parachromis dovii are quite a hardy fish but they do produce a lot of waste, regular water changes are a must. They also have a good set of teeth, putting your hand in the tank may seem a threat to them, always be cautious!