Keyhole Cichlid Care Guide

Keyhole Cichlid
(Cleithracara maronii)

Common names: Keyhole Cichlid.
Size: 10-15cm
pH: 6.0-7.5
Tempº: 22ºC - 25ºC
Tank region: Middle Bottom layer
Origin: Suriname, French Guiana, Venezuela, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago.
Gender: Males possess longer, pointed Anal and Dorsal fins.
Notes: This is an unusual cichlid in that it has a peaceful temperment and is actually rather shy. It should be noted that the adult size is quite variable; but the tank should be large enough to house the maxinum size to allow the fish to grow properly. Because of it's shy temperment, the Keyhole cichlid needs plenty of cover in the form of plants and caves in the aquarium. This will allow the fish to feel as confident as possible. Because of it's peaceful nature, the Keyhole is one of the few cichlids that can be kept in a general community aquarium without problems. Keyhole cichlids are usually peaceful with cospecifics, but being a cichlid the Aquarist should be very observant to spot any problems.
Right Image: The Keyhole cichlid lacks bright colouring, but does have an attracttive patterning.
Left Image: Here we see a Keyhole with it's eggs. It is worth noting that when breeding, the Keyhole's peaceful nature is reversed and it will fiercly protect it's spawn.

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