Teleocichla centrarchus

17. February 2016

Teleocichla centrachus from Rio Xingu probably is the most imported Teleocichla. In addition, it is the type species of this kind. As the males have a maximum length of approx. 10cm, you can certainly still call them dwarf cichlids. The females, being mostly only 8cm maximum, are a little smaller and rather soon show a pink belly by which they show their readiness to spawn to the male. Really the care and even the breeding of T. centrachus is not too difficult, as long as you pay attention to the correct nutrition. Because they greedily eat hunks like Krill, Mysis or Red Blood Worms, but they stuff that much into themselves that they will die from it sooner or later. It is better to feed them with small living or frozen food like Artemia (frozen or newly hatched), Daphnias, Cylops or Lobstereggs. The breeding is not difficult, as long as you offer these fish a flat and tight cave to deposit their eggs and if you take care of them in soft or middle hard water. Since they are peaceful to other species and do not destroy plants either, you can thouroughly keep them in a community-tanks, provided that the right nutrition can be guaranteed.(Photo & Text von T. Weidner)

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft Brasilien, Rio Xingu