Orinoco Dwarf Pike Cichlid (Crenicichla sp. ‘Orinoco dwarf’)

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One of the smaller species of Pike Cichlids, the Orinoco Dwarf is a relatively peaceful Crenicichla found in the warm, acidic waters of the Orinoco and its tributaries in Colombia and Venezuela. A hardy and active species, they are usually found in groups in the wild and will form a distinct social hierarchy in the aquarium if given enough space. Be sure to provide plenty of cover for each fish to create and defend its own territory. Although they breed in pairs this species is optimally kept in groups of multiple males with a single or very few females, as mature females tend to be extremely aggressive towards each other and males when not kept in groups. This species will rarely bother other, larger tankmates.

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Description

Orinoco Dwarf Pike Cichlid (Crenicichla sp. ‘Orinoco dwarf’)

Origin: Wild Colombia
Locale: Rio Orinoco
Diet: Micropredator, will usually accept frozen and prepared diets in the aquarium
Adult Size: 4″
Recommended Tank Size: 30 Gallon
Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.5 – 7.5
Temp:                     76 – 82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm