Spotted Tail Pike Cichlid (Crenicichla sp. ‘trucha’)


An extremely rare undescribed Pike Cichlid in the lugbris species complex, the Spotted Tail or Trout Pike Cichlid is found in the Rio Mataven, a tributary of the Orinoco in Colombia. With distinctive spotting and a unique yellow and brown color pattern, this species is unlike any other close relatives in the region. A large and powerful predator, they will eat any fish small enough to fit in their large mouths and can be territorial towards tankmates.



Spotted Tail Pike Cichlid (Crenicichla sp. ‘trucha’)

Origin: Wild Colombia
Locale: Rio Mataven
Diet: Predator and live fish eater like most large pike cichlids. Can be weaned onto frozen and freeze dried foods over time
Adult Size: 14″+
Recommended Tank Size: 200+ gallons
Compatibility: Aggressive towards most tankmates, best kept with other large, similarly aggressive fish.

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.0 – 7.5
Temp:                     78-84F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm