Xingu II Pike Cichlid (Crenicichla sp. ‘Xingu II’)


The XIngu II Pike Cichlid is a rarely imported, as yet undescribed species of Crenicichla found in the warm, fast-moving waters of the middle and lower Rio Xingu and its tributaries in Brazil. A member of the so-called lugubris group of Pike Cichlids, this is a large growing predatory species typically found in open waters where they feed on smaller fish and invertebrates. It can be distinguished from similar species like the Xingu I by its lack of distinct black horizontal striping as juveniles and by the black patches behind the eye and on the gill cover displayed by mature adults. In the aquarium, they require warm (82F+), well-oxygenated water and should receive regular large water changes to ensure optimal water quality. Ideal tankmates would include many of the medium to large pleco species found in the same river or some of the medium growing Myleus, Metynnis, or Leporinus species also at home in fast-moving waters.



Xingu II Pike Cichlid (Crenicichla sp. ‘Xingu II’)

Origin: Wild Brazil
Locale: Rio Xingu
Diet: Predator and fish eater. Can be weaned on to frozen and prepared feeds relatively easily
Adult Size: 12″
Recommended Tank Size: 120 gallons
Compatibility: Territorial and aggressive towards most tankmates. Best kept with other large, aggressive fish

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.5 – 7.5
Temp:                     82-84F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm

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