Orange Chromide (Etroplus maculatus)


An colorful Old World Cichlid which inhabits fresh, brackish, and even occasionally pure marine habitat, the Orange Chromide originates in coastal regions of Sri Lanka and Southeastern India. In the wild, it tends to be found in groups and is a social fish in the aquarium, best kept in groups of 4-6. Although they are typically found in brackish waters, they are highly adaptable and will do fine in full freshwater long term as well (slightly hard water is best). The Orange Chromide is fairly peaceful for a cichlid and will usually get along with most similarly sized tankmates.

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Orange Chromide (Etroplus maculatus)

Origin: Aquacultured Asia
Diet: Omnivore, will accept most frozen and prepared foods
Adult Size: 4″
Recommended Tank Size: 30 gallons
Compatibility: Typically fairly docile for a large cichlid. Can be kept with smaller fish with caution

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          7.0 – 8.0
Temp:                     76-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm