Riverpark Aquatics

Keyhole Cichlid (Cleithracara maronii)

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Our Guide To Keeping Keyhole Cichlid Fish

  1. About Fish Species:

    • Scientific name: Cleithracara maronii
    • Common name: Keyhole Cichlid
    • Family: Cichlidae
    • Origin: South America (Amazon River basin)
    • Adult length: 10 cm (4 inches)
    • Lifespan: 8 to 10 years
  2. Tank Setup:

    • Keyhole Cichlids prefer a tank with plenty of hiding spots like caves, driftwood, and plants. A tank size of at least 75 gallons is recommended.
    • They appreciate a substrate of fine sand and prefer subdued lighting.
  3. Water Parameters:

    • Keyhole Cichlids thrive in slightly acidic to neutral water conditions with a pH range of 6.5 to 7.5.
    • Keep the water temperature between 24 to 26°C (75 to 79°F).
  4. Filtration and Water Flow:

    • A gentle to moderate water flow is suitable for Keyhole Cichlids, so choose a filter that provides this.
  5. Diet:

    • Keyhole Cichlids are omnivores and accept a variety of foods including high-quality pellets, flakes, and live or frozen foods like bloodworms and brine shrimp.
    • Offer them a varied diet to ensure their nutritional needs are met.
  6. Tank mates:

    • Keyhole Cichlids are peaceful community fish and can be kept with other peaceful species like tetras, rasboras, and other cichlids of similar size and temperament.
    • Avoid keeping them with aggressive or overly territorial fish.
  7. Behavior and Compatibility:

    • Keyhole Cichlids are relatively peaceful and can be kept in community tanks.
    • They may display some territorial behavior, especially during breeding, but are generally well-behaved.

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