Herotilapia multispinosa

29. April 2011

This medium sized cichlid – males can become about 12 cm long, females always stay 3-5 cm smaller – originates from Central America (Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras). The fish is a real classic among the species of ornamental fish. It was most popular in the 1970ies. At that time the name “rainbow cichlid” was given to the species. It shows clearly that the fish may show a very nice coloration. However, many many years the breeders did not look properly after that fish. Breeding is very easy, H. multispinosa is a typical open brooder and produces masses of offspring. But without selection and proper feeding any fish species becomes dull coloured and ugly after some generations.

Now we were able to obtain some very nice specimens from a German breeder that show what it means to be a rainbow cichlid! They have a wonderful coloration and especially the bright orange makes them extremely beautiful.

For our customers: the fish have code 683003 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Lexicon: Herotilapia: combined from the generic names Heros and Tilapia, two other genera of cichlid. multispinosa: Latin, means “with many spines”.

Common name: Rainbow cichlid

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft Nachzucht / bred
Verfügbare Größe in cm 4 - 6