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Home > Cuban Cichlid | Everything you ever wanted to know about the Cuban cichlid

Cuban Cichlid | Everything you ever wanted to know about the Cuban cichlid

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Nandopsis tetracanthus, cuban cichlids The Cuban cichlid is a freshwater fish that is native to Cuba. It’s available in some pet stores as an aquarium fish, and this type of fish adds variety to any tank. However, this type of fish is still rather rare in aquariums, so don’t be surprised if you have difficulty finding it. 
  
One of the most important things to remember about the Cuban cichlid is that it does tend to grow quite large. You will probably need a tank that is at least 55 gallons in size. The Cuban cichlid likes to hide in vegetation, so you will need to have some fake plants inside your aquarium if you decide to put some of this type of fish in your tank. You will also want to have plenty of large rocks and driftwood for the fish to hide in, although you should make sure not to clutter the tank so much that there’s not enough room for the fish to swim around. The water in your aquarium will need to be rather warm, around 80 degrees.  
 
The Cuban cichlid is a very beautiful fish that has a white or lightly colored base with gray or black spots. Some people do tend to confuse this type of fish with the jaguar cichlid. In fact, the two types of fish are so similar that sometimes even pet shops will label jaguar cichlids as Cuban cichlids. The male Cuban cichlid is a bit larger than the female, and the males tend to be more colorful than the females. However, it can be very difficult to tell the males and the females of the species apart because the differences are less obvious with this type of fish than with other similar types.
  
You should remember that the Cuban cichlid can be very aggressive, so you should keep an eye on your tank after you add one of this type of fish into your aquarium. You just never know what you’re going to get with this type of fish because some of them are very aggressive, while others are less aggressive.  
  
The Cuban cichlid will eat just about any type of fish you throw in the tank, but you should make sure the food you feed them is on the meaty side. The best kind of food to feed this type of fish is cichlid pellets or flakes. Younger fish will need to be fed about two or three times a day, while older fish can be fed just once per day. 
 
For a unique challenge, you might consider breeding your Cuban cichlids. This type of fish tends to form pairs as it ages, so you might consider starting with just a male and a female of the species. You should start when both of the fish are still quite young so they have time to pair up.  
 
Cuban cichlids are a unique addition to any aquarium, and you’ll enjoy their colors for years to come.
 

 
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