Rainbow Cichlid
Behaviour Peaceful, territorial, pair forming
Typical size 12cm
Max size 15cm
Tank Area Bottom, middle
Min Tank Size 90cm
Temp Min: 22℃ Max: 30℃
Feeding Flake, frozen, live, pellet, vegetable based foods
pH Range 6.5-8.5
Hardness vs,s,m,h
Rainbow Cichlid Herotilapia multispinosa
  • Rainbow Cichlid Herotilapia multispinosa - thumbnail
  • Rainbow Cichlid Herotilapia multispinosa - thumbnail

Rainbow Cichlid

Herotilapia multispinosa

The Rainbow Cichlid is a peaceful cichlid with an attractive shape and patterning which is well suited to a community of other similar sized peaceful cichlids or other hardy fish. During breeding the parents will aggressively defend a spawning site and the eggs and young but otherwise are relatively peaceful. The name 'Rainbow Cichlid' comes partly from the fish's ability to change its body tone depending on its mood. Ideally, the Rainbow Cichlid should be kept in an aquarium with a fine or sandy bottom and plenty of hiding spots.

Family Cichlidae (Cichlids) | Synonyms Heros multispinosa | Origin Central America; Atlantic slope | Breeding Eggs are dropped on roots and rocks then guarded by the female. Fry are protected in pits | Natural Water Conditions pH 7-8, medium to hard | Natural Habitat Lakes and swamps with muddy, detritus rich bottoms | Sexing Males are larger with more pointed fins

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