Cichlasoma Bocourti

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Chiseltooth cichlid - Cichlasoma bocourti
Scientific name: Cichlasoma bocourti

Common name: Chiseltooth cichlid

Family: Cichlidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 18 - 20 cm (7.09 - 7.87 inch)

Recommended pH range for the species: 6.8 - 7.4

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 8 - 17°N (142.86 - 303.57ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 25 - 28 °C (77 - 82.4°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: Central America

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: aggressive to smaller

Usual place in the tank: Middle levels

Central America; Chiseltooth cichlids are to be found in Belize and Guatemala.

The expected life span for

Cichlasoma bocourti
is 6-8 years.
Short description
Chiseltooth cichlids are classed as semi aggressive and are quite hardy. Although they will tolerate poorer water conditions, to keep them at their best, provide them with plenty of water changes and good filtration.

These fish grow extremely large and as such require a large aquarium especially if kept with other tankmates. The minimum size for the aquarium should be at least 600 litres so make sure that the filtration system used can cope with the large amount of water volume as like all large cichlids - they are high waste producers.

Use sand for the substrate and add plenty of rocks or wood to provide plenty of hiding places. Make sure that if the chiseltooth cichlid is kept with other cichlids, they are of a similar size and there is plenty of room for each fish to establish its own territory or serious squabbles will occur.