Black-striped cichlazoma is a representative of the fish family of the Cikhlovs (Cichlids). The species is found in nature in the rivers of Central America, North and Central Africa.
The body of the fish, tall and flat, not more than 10 cm in length, has a smoky gray color with transverse stripes of black color, because of which it was named. The female has an orange spot in her lower body.
Cichlases are omnivorous, ready-made feeds are suitable for feeding. They can also be given cabbage leaves and scalded oatmeal. Food of plant origin should be one third of the diet of fish. It is important not to overfeed them, as they are prone to overeating.
Maintenance and care
Black-striped cichlomas are unpretentious. For maintenance, an aquarium of a small volume is suitable - from 30 liters. These fish love various shelters, so at the bottom you need to put medium-sized soil and large decorative elements - shells, pebbles, driftwood. Water temperature - 20-29 degrees.
Cichlases begin to multiply in 7-10 months. Individuals are divided into pairs looking for hidden places for their offspring. Females lay eggs on the surface of solid objects, and when the larvae hatch, the fish transfer them to shelters. On the second and third days, the fry begin to swim under the supervision of their parents.