Caquetaia myersi

7. October 2010

Caquetaia myersi belongs definetly to the real rarities in the aquaria of the world. The main reason for this is the fact that it occurs in the wild far from the usual collecting sites in Colombia. What makes fishing in those areas even more difficult is the presence of guerilla which has quite different interests than keeping and breeding of ornamental fish. So it is very important to take extreme care for the few specimens that still live in captivity. We are able now to offer this up to 25 cm long cichlid as German bred specimens. Due to the size the species can reach larger tanks (500 litres upwards) are recommended. However, it is also possible to keep and breed a pair in much smaller tanks, for Caquetaia are predators and do not swim more than necessary. They prey on their victims with a strike. Food has to be chosen according to the size of the fish. Juvenile can be fed by flakes and frozen food, but adults need frozen smelt or cichlid sticks to thrive well.
C. myersi can be better kept with other fish than its close relatives, C. kraussii and C. spectabilis. Even fully grown adults of C. myersi can be kept with other large species of cichlid, tetra, or catfish. Those tankmates do not have to fear anything from the C. myersi. Even when a pair leads its up to 600 youngsters offspring, it is able to defend them without hurting any other fish.
Lexikon: Caquetaia: after the Rio Caqueta in Colombia. myersi: dedication name.
For our customers: Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. C. myersi has code 634601 on our stocklist.

Text & photos: Thomas Weidner

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft Nachzucht / bred
Verfügbare Größe in cm 5-7