Giant Checkerboard / Hercules Cichlid (Crenicara punctulata)


A rarely imported dwarf cichlid found throughout parts of the Amazon and Essequibo River basins in South America, the Giant Checkerboard or Hercules Cichlid is a colorful and entertaining species ideal for a small to medium planted or mixed species community aquarium. Like the more common Checkerboard Cichlid (D. filamentosus), these are a social dwarf cichlid, often found in large groups in the wild. They tend to stay close to the bottom level of the aquarium and will do best with sand substrate and plenty of cover in the form of driftwood, live plants, rockwork or caves.



Giant Checkerboard / Hercules Cichlid (Crenicara punctulata)

Origin: Wild Peru
Locale: Rio Nanay
Diet: Carnivore and micropredator, best fed small frozen foods like bloodworms and mysis/brine
Adult Size: 3.5″
Recommended Tank Size: 20 gallons
Compatibility: Generally peaceful, but can be territorial when breeding

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.5 – 7.2
Temp:                     76-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm