Bas Pels wrote:I'm quite certain you have 'Cichlasoma' calobrensae, a species which used to be grouped in the longimanus group, but recently has been remouved from this group
This is a rather sensitive species from Panama. Very beautiful indeed, but hard to keep. Clean water is very important. Thet are not rheophilic, but I think one best treats them as Theraps, but eventually the flow my be less. Males develop a lot of res pectacles on their head, females have them in a lesser degree. Assuming your fish is around 7 cm bodylength, I would assume it as a female. @ that size males ususally have more red - but yours can be a new, unkept variety
Bas Pels wrote:Indeed, Dave, I even bred them.
My experiences are given above: They are very sensitive towards bad water and bacteria. I have tried them a few times, each time without succes. Then it worked, in a tank with very littel fish, and when they got too big, I was able to put them in a new tank, that is, a tank which has not been used before, bringing their Eheim with them (as this had bacteria they were used to) as additional filter, to start the bacteria in the new filter.
This did work out nicely, and around 20 cm for the male they bred. However, later they died anyway.
Therefore my suggestion to treat them as fish from fast moving water: don't let the water spoil, don't feed too much proteins, do feed enough veggie matter - or good prepared food.
Wood is very nice in a tank, but it will - eventually - decay, enhancing the organic matter in the water, resuling in more bacteria in this water. Recently I started a tank for Theraps lentiginosum, and realizing this, I decided to do without wood. I can only say the Teraps did wonderfully, and I would suggest to keep calobrensae in a tank with little wood.
@ Astatheros / Amphilophus / 'Cichlasoma' - we will need a final describtion desperately, but this might take some time. I can only say that calobrensae did not pop out of DNA searches where one would expect them - thus 'Cichlasoma'
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