Keyhole Cichlid
Cleithracara maronii

Care Level

Medium

Placement

Any

Temperament

Semi-Aggressive

Reef Compatible

No

Plant Safe

Yes

Max Size

5 - 8

Minimum Tank Size

55

Color

Black, Blue, Green, White, Yellow

Diet

Omnivore

Water Conditions

72-77° F, KH 9-20, pH 6.0-8.0

Description


General: The keyhole cichlid is a semi-aggressive, South American fish species that naturally occupy tributaries leading to the ocean. The keyhole cichlid will reach a length of five inches, and should be kept in an aquarium of over 55 gallons.

Fecundity: The keyhole cichlid may produce up to 300 eggs per clutch.

Water Chemistry: Neutral (6.2 to 7.8 pH), intermediate water hardness (6 to 18dGH)

Aquarium Diet (Omnivore): brine shrimp, blackworms, omnivore pellet, tropical flake, spirulina

Dimorphism: The keyhole cichlid male will develop elongated dorsal, pelvic, and caudal fins. The female will retain her short, round fins. The female will also take on a more gravid appearance when ready to reproduce.

Compatibility: Keyhole cichlids are typically compatible with severum, silver dollar, geophagus, rainbowfish, blood parrot, and synodontis.