Rio Itaya Red Cupid Cichlid (Biotodoma cupido ‘Rio Itaya’)


A peaceful and colorful medium-sized cichlid, the Cupid Cichlid is found throughout much of the middle Amazon basin and its tributaries. A social species, they tend to do best in groups and will coexist with a variety of similarly peaceful cichlids or other fish species. They occur in various color forms throughout their range, with the fish found in the lower and middle Rio Itaya in Peru exhibiting a vivid red blush through the face and body. A close relative of the South American Eartheaters (Geophagus, Satanoperca), they will sift through sand looking for food particles in the aquarium but are generally planted tank safe.


Rio Itaya Red Cupid Cichlid (Biotodoma cupido ‘Rio Itaya’)

Origin: Wild Peru
Locale: Rio Itaya outside Iquitos
Diet: Omnivore and micropredator, will accept most frozen and sinking prepared foods.
Adult Size: 5″
Recommended Tank Size: 40 gallons+
Compatibility: Generally peaceful towards conspecifics and tankmates. May be slightly territorial, especially if spawning.

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.2 – 7.2
Temp:                     78-84F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm

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