Cichla orinocensis

23. April 2012

We currently have this amazing large cichlid in good numbers and an ideal size in stock. The specimens orginate from Venezuela and most of them are 3-5 cm long. This is a perfect size for the acclimatization of these fish in home aquaria.

Besides this we also have a few specimens 5-7 cm long in stock and a wonderful, already mature pair which is 18-25 cm long. One can observe the unique sexual dichromatism of Cichla orinocensis in this pair: males look rather like Cichla ocellaris, while females have a colour pattern that reminds one in C. temensis.

Cichla orinocensis is a typical member of its genus and can reach a maximum size of about 70 cm. Maturity is usually attained at a length of 20-25 cm. All species of Cichla are – as far as it is known – openbrooders and perform a bipartental broodcare.

Youngsters can be fed with white mosquito larvae and bloodworm; however, feeder fish are ideal. From a size of about 10 cm on the young Cichla can be fed with frozen smelt as the basic food. Smelt can be used even for largest specimens.

For our customers: C. orinocensis has code 636551 (3-5 cm), 636552 (5-7 cm), and 636558 (18-25 cm) on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Lexicon: Cichla: this is a name that has been used in ancient Greece for a nowadays unknown fish. orinocensis: means “originating from the Rio Orinoco”.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft Venezuela
Verfügbare Größe in cm 4-6