A medium growing Cichlid found in soft, acidic waters of Guyana and Suriname, the Suriname Red Spot Cichlid is distinct in its genus for the vivid red spotting throughout the body that adults (especially males) display. In the aquarium, they are active, interesting fish which will often sift sand through their gills like an eartheater as well as rearrange decor like plants or leaf litter. They are somewhat aggressive despite their relatively small adult size and will typically hold their own with similar or larger moderate to aggressive cichlids. Suriname Red Spot Cichlids will typically get along in groups of 5 or more as long as ample space for territories and structure in the form of driftwood, caves, and plants is provided. They are a hardy and entertaining aquarium fish that will adapt to most conditions.
Diet: Will accept most prepared and frozen foods in the aquarium
Adult Size: 5.5″
Recommended Tank Size: 40 gallons+
Compatibility: Fairly peaceful for a cichlid, can be territorial with other similar species
Preferred Water Parameters
pH: 6.0 – 7.6