Pike Cichlid

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Crenicichla lugubris - (Heckel, 1840)
Pike Cichlid

One of many large, predatory species known as "pike cichlids." JJPhoto.dk

[edit] Overview

Pike Cichlids are fascinating South American fishes best left to cichlid specialists. Many get quite large and extremely predatory and, because it is difficult to differentiate between the species, it is often impossible to know what you are getting.

Family: Cichlidae

Other common name(s):

  • Redeye Pike Cichlid

Native range:

Habitat: Jungle streams and rivers.

Maximum length: 24 cm (9 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 1135 L (300 gal)

Water: Freshwater 27 °C (300 K, 81 °F) - 29 °C (302 K, 84 °F)

General swimming level: All levels.

[edit] Feeding

Carnivore. Feed meaty foods for large predators, including earthworms, table shrimp, fish flesh.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

Needs large, tough tankmates that can fend for themselves.

Reference: 101 Best Tropical Fishes
Image credit: JJ
Text credit: KW
Facts about Pike CichlidRDF feed
Common name Pike Cichlid  +, and Redeye Pike Cichlid  +
Family Cichlidae  +
Genus Crenicichla  +
Image credit JJ  +
Maximum length 9 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 300 gal  +
Native range South America  +, Guyana  +, Surinam  +, and Brazil  +
Reference 101 Best Tropical Fishes  +
Specific name lugubris  +
Swimming level All levels.  +
Text credit KW  +
Water max temp 302 K (29 °C, 84 °F)  +
Water min temp 300 K (27 °C, 81 °F)  +
Water type Freshwater  +