Checkerboard Cichlid Tropical Fish Information

Dicrossus filamentosus
Checkerboard Cichlid
Behaviour Peaceful, shy, territorial
Typical size 4cm
Max size 5cm
Tank Area Bottom, middle
Min Tank Size 75cm
Temp Min: 23℃ Max: 25℃
Feeding Sinking granules, live or frozen foods, possibly flake
pH Range 5-7.5
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Checkerboard Cichlid Dicrossus filamentosus
  • Checkerboard Cichlid Dicrossus filamentosus - thumbnail
  • Female Checkerboard Cichlid Dicrossus filamentosus - thumbnail

Checkerboard Cichlid (Dicrossus filamentosus)

Checkerboard Cichlid Tropical Fish Learn all about the Checkerboard Cichlid's feeding habits and food types, its behaviour, its origins, its natural habitats, is it male or female, breeding advice and information, suitable tank mates, its sizing and growth range, minimum tank size, water PH and more. Use our fish community creator tool to plan your tank set up and ensure that the Checkerboard Cichlid is the right fish for your aquarium.

Picture by Andy Gordon Checkerboard Cichlids are a peaceful dwarf cichlid ideally suited to soft water aquariums with planted areas and peaceful tankmates. These fish are senstive to water conditions so are not a beginners fish. Whilst peaceful, females will defend spawning sites and eggs or young, during which time they can be quite aggressive within a small territory. Having said this, breeding is difficult and unlikely without specific conditions. Whilst the species shown here is the most common, there are other Dicrossus species which may also be sold uner the 'checkerboard cichlid' name in a ddition to a lyretail variety. Provide hiding spots, areas of vegetation, and good quality soft acidic water. For the right aquarium, these fish are a beautiful little species.

Checkerboard Cichlid Facts

Family Cichlidae (Cichlids) | Synonyms Dicrossus filamentosa, Dicrossus maculatus, Crenicara filamentosa, Crenicara maculatus | Other names Chessboard Cichlid, Lyretail Cichlid | Origin South America; Amazon River Basin | Breeding Egg layer - Eggs are laid on plant leaves or bogwood, female guards and cares for eggs and fry. | Natural Water Conditions pH 5-7, soft | Sexing Males are more colourful and have longer fins

Checkerboard Cichlid Help and Advice

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Please do check your water type for compatibility with your fish, which can be found on the Checkerboard Cichlid information box above and your local water company providers website. Don't waste your money and endanger your fish!
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