This beautiful cichlid from Brazil is only very rarely imported. Currently we can offer some specimens in perfect size.
Despite the frightening name o the fish Satanoperca lilith is a very peaceful and reserved species, it can be even a bit shy. Maximum length reported for the fish is around 20-25 cm, our specimens are currently 8-10 cm and not yet sexually differentiated.
All species of Satanoperca are closely associated to sandy bottom. The tank for these fish should contain fine sand under all circumstances. This substratum is chewed through the whole day for food particles. S. lilith lives in black water, so it prefers soft and acidic milieu, which must be poor in bacteria.
To the best of our knowledge Satanoperca has not been bred in aquaria yet. However, it is very likely the the fish are hollow breeders like their closest relative, S. daemon. The sexes look alike in respect of coloration. The best way to distinguish the sexes are the ventral fins which are in males much longer (in specimens of comparable size). Moreover, the attractive filaments of the dorsal fin are more developed in males.
For our customers: the fish have code 687564 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Available in very limited numbers only.
Lexicon: Satanoperca: means “Devil perch”. lilith: this is the name of a female demon, the companion of the devil. demon: means “demon”.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer