Just Cichlids
cichlid tank mates
peacock cichlid tank

Cichlidae
melanochromis auratus
cichlid tank mates
peacock cichlid tank

african cichlid tank
cichlid species
cichlid fish types
cichlid lifespan
Social
rocks for cichlid tank for sale
cichlid tank mates
peacock cichlid tank

Main Menu
rocks for cichlid tank for sale
cichlid tank mates
peacock cichlid tank

Fish Articles
rocks for cichlid tank for sale
cichlid tank mates
peacock cichlid tank

Fish for Sale
rocks for cichlid tank for sale
cichlid tank mates
peacock cichlid tank

Live Tropical Fish
rocks for cichlid tank for sale
cichlid tank mates
peacock cichlid tank

Medicine Cabinet
rocks for cichlid tank for sale

cichlid tank mates
peacock cichlid tank

cichlid tank mates
peacock cichlid tank

Collect Back Issues
rocks for cichlid tank for sale

cichlid tank mates
peacock cichlid tank

beautiful cichlid aquariums
cichlid tank mates
peacock cichlid tank

smallest tank for cichlids
 
cichlid tank mates
peacock cichlid tank

Order online with shipping to your home
beautiful cichlid aquariums
cichlid tank mates
peacock cichlid tank

Home > Retroculus lapidifer from Brazil for sale

Retroculus lapidifer from Brazil for sale

african cichlid care
Retroculus lapidifer Photos Frank Schäfer
 
The species belonging to the genus Retroculus - currently three species are described scientifically, one additional species is still undescribed - have ever been extremely rarities in the aquarium hobby. Finally we are able to offer once more the beautiful Retroculus lapidifer from Brazil. The fish have ideal sizes (7-9 cm), but are, however, available in very limited numbers only.
 
Despite the similarity to the species of Geophagus, Retroculus are no closer relatives of these cichlids. Retroculus are members of a cichlid subfamily - the Retroculinae - on their own and are regarded to be the most basal living cichlids of the New World.
 
The swimming bladder of Retroculus is much reduced, so they are not able to hover free in the water column. In nature, these fish dwell nearby rapids. In case of danger they flee in the strongest current where almost no other fish can follow. When the danger is gone, Retroculus rest in very quiet or standing water. A good current is thus necessary in the tank (this is also necessary due to the fact that Retroculus are very sensitive against pollution), but the fish need also resting places.
 
The scientific name "lapidifer" means "stone-bearer", for it was known already in 1855 that these fish build nests for spawning which are made from small stones. Each stone is carried to nest with the mouth by the parent fish. Retraoculus have spawned now and then in aquaria already, it was also possible to raise some of the offspring, but to the best of my knowledge a complete natural breeding success has not been reported yet.
 
Retroculus should be kept always in groups (four specimens or more), otherwise they become very shy. The ground of the tank should be made mainly from fine sand, which is use by the fish quite often to search for food. Feeding Retroculus is not difficult at all, for almost any usual fish food is taken readily. The water should be soft and slightly acidic (pH 5,5 - 6,8). In the wild, water temperatures between 21.5 and 35°C have been measured in the biotopes of Retroculus, but in aquaria it is best to keep them between 22 and 28°C. The temperature may be 2° higher for breeding attempts. Retroculus lapidifer becomes about 20-25 cm long.
 
Photos & Text Frank Schäfer
 

Geophagus winemilleri (Rare Cichlid) 6 inch

Geophagus winemilleri (Rare Cichlid) 6 inch
   $55.00
3 pack Geophagus jurupari  of 3

3 pack Geophagus jurupari of 3" in length live tropical fish
   $54.99
(3) Gymnogeophagus Balzanii American Eartheater Cichlids Geophagus Fish

(3) Gymnogeophagus Balzanii American Eartheater Cichlids Geophagus Fish
   $39.99
Geophagus Red Head Tapajo 2-2.5

Geophagus Red Head Tapajo 2-2.5" Live Fish Cichlid - Houston Manzanita
   $45.00
Geophagus Red Head Tapajo live frechwater aquarium fish 2in  Betta Halfmoon Koi

Geophagus Red Head Tapajo live frechwater aquarium fish 2in Betta Halfmoon Koi
   $29.99
Geophagus heckelli 3-3.5

Geophagus heckelli 3-3.5" in length live tropical fish
   $43.99

Video of Retroculus lapidifer courting

 

References

 
 
 
 
 
 
 




cichlid tank mates
peacock cichlid tank

beautiful cichlid aquariums
cichlid tank mates
peacock cichlid tank

cichlid pronunciation
types of cichlids that can live together
cichlid fish food
cichlid fish aquarium
Home   |   About Us   |   Cichlid Auctions   |   Discus   |   Privacy Policy   |   Site Map
cichlid tank mates
peacock cichlid tank

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program,
an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to
earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
cichlid tank mates
peacock cichlid tank

cichlid fish care



Processing Time: 0.66240 seconds.
 
Powered By FlexCMS
Powered By FlexCMS