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Pike Cichlid (Crenicichla lepidota Sp.) (XL)

SKU 1121027
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Original price €88.99 - Original price €88.99
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€88.99 - €88.99
Current price €88.99

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The Pike Cichlid, specifically the Crenicichla lepidota species, is a captivating and somewhat aggressive freshwater fish, popular among advanced aquarium hobbyists. Native to South America, Pike Cichlids are known for their elongated bodies, striking coloration, and assertive demeanor. The Crenicichla lepidota species, in particular, is distinguished by its attractive markings and larger size compared to some other Pike Cichlid species.

Crenicichla lepidota is native to river systems in South America, particularly in the Amazon Basin. They are typically found in areas with abundant cover, such as submerged vegetation or driftwood.

The ideal temperature range for Crenicichla lepidota is between 22°C and 28°C. They thrive in warm, tropical water conditions similar to their natural habitat.

Water Quality:
These cichlids prefer a pH range of 6.0 to 7.5 and are best suited to soft to moderately hard water. Consistent water quality, with minimal fluctuations, is crucial for their well-being.

Aquarium Size:
A minimum tank size of 300 liters is recommended for a single Pike Cichlid, as Crenicichla lepidota can grow quite large, often reaching lengths of over 25 cm. They require ample space to swim and establish territories, along with hiding spots.

Pike Cichlids are carnivorous and require a diet rich in protein. Suitable foods include high-quality cichlid pellets, frozen or live foods like fish, shrimp, and worms. Care should be taken to ensure a balanced diet and avoid overfeeding.

In a well-maintained aquarium, Pike Cichlids can live for several years, often reaching 5 to 10 years of age.

Community Tank Compatibility:
Due to their aggressive and predatory nature, Crenicichla lepidota is best kept with other large, robust fish that can defend themselves. They are not suitable for a community tank with small or peaceful fish.

Breeding Pike Cichlids in captivity can be challenging and is typically attempted by experienced aquarists. They are cave spawners and exhibit parental care. The breeding process can increase their territorial aggression.

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We don't ship live animals. You can order online and choose click and collect, and we will hold it for you.

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