Spadetail Checkerboard Cichlid (Dicrossus maculatus)


A stunningly marked and rarely seen dwarf cichlid, the Spadetail Checkerboard Cichlid grows slightly larger and displays more intense adult coloration than its more well known relative the common Checkerboard Cichlid (Dicrossus filamentosus). Found in the clearwater Tapajos as well as some surrounding Amazon tributaries, this dwarf cichlid will do best in an aquarium with ample cover in the form of driftwood, live or artificial plants, or other decor.


Spadetail Checkerboard Cichlid (Dicrossus maculatus)

Origin: Wild Brazil
Locale: Rio Tapajos outside Santarem
Diet: Insects, detritus, frozen & prepared feeds
Adult Size: 2-2.5″
Recommended Tank Size: 10 gallons
Compatibility: Peaceful

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.0 – 7.5
Temp:                     76-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm