They can also bring timid cichlids out of their shells. He’s scared of them and hides a lot because the other two (especially the boss fish) attack him on occasion. What kind of behavior does the Wolf cichlid have? I’d ask for advice from one of our many knowledgeable members asap. Different species have different requirements and temperaments, and it’s important to know their needs. Males typically become hostile when they are ready for breeding, but the female is resisting his advances. Every couple of passes the male will interject and spray his sperm. Cichlids are fantastic parents; they’ll do anything to protect their eggs and fry. When I looked Sonny over, I saw Cher had his tail in tatters at the ends. I’ve had many angels over the years, and never have I run into this problem. Ive only ever had and have angelfish. @Larryswn I love earth eaters! Generally, you should be left with a breeding pair or two. The gold/yellow colouration is more prominent in the females, especially during courtship, breeding and raising fry. Is it your Firemouths? As we mentioned earlier, Red Devil Cichlids are very conscious of their owners. So... what do you think? If the eggs remain tan, they are fertilized. The Dovii can not stand to be dominated it will often be the «boss» of your aquarium that’s why you cannot put any fish with it! It must be avoided that it gets hurt during this activity. Just my opinion. In aquarium it eats almost all types of food: granulated or stick, seafood, mold and small frozen fish. Lots of room to … I hope I helped! For a specific aquarium a 250 x 80 cm or 100 x 30 inch tank (front x width) will be ideal for an adult couple. Not a good situation. He has really grown but she’s not growing as quickly and is only about 2/3 his size. (2013). I might try a few dither fish — so far that hasn’t worked out but maybe I need a different kind. Plants create safe, comfortable places to hide and rest on(or under) and decorations can block the line of sight between fish. Be sure to do lots of research on all of your fish before you buy. Decorating is half the fun in aquarium keeping! Dovii cichlids are eaten in many parts of Central America and are considered prized game fish. However, care must be taken to ensure its good quality and cleanliness. Breeding can be achieved with very little effort and no specific requirements are needed for breeding purposes. Also, the female will show a small tube sticking slightly out of her bottom to signify she is ready for egg-laying. Obviously you have lots of experience with cichlids and appreciate their behaviors, or is that antics. Thank you for the super information! I’ve only seen a few ripped fins here and there, but none of my fish really get hurt by them. Parachromis dovii, the guapote, rainbow bass, or wolf cichlid, is a species of cichlid native to Central America where it occurs on both slopes of Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. I’m having a slight aggression problem right now in one tank — I’m going to try lowering the temp some to see if it helps. A rock, a piece of driftwood, a plant, or even an entire half of the tank can become a single cichlid’s territory. This is definitely not the best way to eliminate aggression because of the massive amounts of wastes that come from too many fish in a relatively small space. That seems to calm them down when they are being aggressive with Whitey. Without these plants, the amount of water to renew is much higher (30%), as well as your water bill! Please leave me a comment. The aquarium should be large (at least 800 l or 210 US gal) for a breeding pair of wolf cichlids. This carnivorous species is important to local commercial fisheries and is sought after as a gamefish.. I found this extremely helpful. When a breeding pair had been successfully established, the male will begin to court the female by displaying his erect finnage to the female as he tries to impress her in an attempt for her to accept his mating invitation. Nice article. It occurs in the Maquenque National Wildlife Refuge. (Above, my Jewel Cichlid with a juvenile Angelfish). The contrast between the black and gold/yellow will become prominent during breeding behavior. Tip: Adding Pothos and external filtering plants will be very useful for keeping nitrates low. To submit your vote please sign in or sign up, it is free and takes a few seconds. Putting a ton of driftwood, decorations, rocks and live plants in your aquarium won’t hurt and in my experience, will definitely reduce aggression. There is a high probability that when buying fish from the same source, fish will be from the same parents (siblings). Note: Remember, some cichlids should not have tank mates at all. Thanks for those observations and suggestions. In a mature specimen, the darker the male is, the more stressed/unhealthy that fish is. She spends a lot of time hiding. Breeding can be achieved with very little effort and no specific requirements are needed for breeding purposes. I dont know much about cichlids. Offer a variety of insect, including blood worm, earthworm, mysis, crickets (for larger specimens).