Zebra Pike Cichlid (Crenicichla zebrina)


The recently discovered Zebra Pike (C. zebrina) has quickly become one of the most sought after and popular species of pike cichlid in the hobby, and deservedly so. With its vibrant red-orange coloration and distinctive vertical yellow barring, it is hard to confuse the Zebra Pike for any other species. It is also among the most peaceful of the large pike cichlids, and has been successfully kept in community aquariums with other appropriately sized fish. Despite its rarity and high price, the Zebra Pike is generally hardy and undemanding, although they may take some time to wean on to prepared foods. This species is found in fast-flowing, clear, warm water in the wild and should be kept in similar conditions in the aquarium. They prefer strong current, higher temperatures (80-84F) and excellent water quality for long term success. This species has never been successfully bred in captivity and most consider them impossible to accurately sex outside of dissected specimens, so for this reason we do not claim to offer sexed pairs or attempt to sex individual fish.



Zebra Pike Cichlid (Crenicichla zebrina)

Origin: Wild Venezuela
Locale: Lower Rio Ventuari
Diet: Predator, will usually accept frozen and prepared diets in the aquarium
Adult Size: 14″
Recommended Tank Size: 120 gallons+

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.5 – 7.5
Temp:                     76 – 82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm

Shipping Note: Due to size, the need for extra packing, and space requirements, larger sizes may not be eligible for our flat rate shipping. We strongly recommend shipping larger fish via air cargo when possible. Please contact us for a quote or for additional shipping info.