This cichlid originates from a comparatively small collecting site in Peru. That´s why Aequidens patricki is imported only very occasionally. In the wild, the species lives in soft and acidic water. However, the species is very hardy and adapts well to variable water conditions in the aquarium. Another positive fact is that this species is quite peaceful. Therefore, despite its maximum size of 12-15 cm, the fish can be bred already in rather small tanks containing 200 litres upwards. But one should keep in mind that small surface dwelling fishes, like hatchet fish, might be taken as food by the cichlids!
Currently we obtained one of the very rare imports of this species from Peru. The nice and healthy specimens are 5-7 cm long and have just reached maturity.
For our customers: the animals have code 608102 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Available in limited numbers only!
PS: This species has been introduced in the Newsletter Extra Calendar Week 23 (3), 2013, erroneously under the name of Aequidens sp. Jenaro Herrera.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer