Carpinte Cichlid (Herichthys carpintis)

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Carpinte Cichlid

Carpinte Cichlid

Herichthys carpintis

246 Litres (65 US G.)

25.4-35.6cm (10-14 ")




7.0 - 8.0

23 -33 °C (73.4-91.4°F)

9-20 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years



Additional names

Carpinte Cichlid, Lowland Cichlid, Green Texas Cichlid, Pearlscale Cichlid

Additional scientific names

Cichlasoma carpinte, Cichlasoma carpintis, Cichlasoma laurae, Cichlosoma laurae, Heros teporatus, Neetroplus carpintis

Origin[edit | edit source]

A North/Central American Cichlid found in the Atlantic slope, Panuco River drainage, and Soto La Marina River in Mexico.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Males grow large (with sturdy structure)and grow a nuchal hump at maturity. Females are smaller and have a dark blotch on the dorsal fin.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A large growing and territorial Cichlid which will view smaller fish as food. Can be kept with other American Cichlids or larger robust American Catfish provided enough room for territories is provided.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Eats a variety of foods including flake, pellets, and live foods such as brine shrimp and shrimp.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Requires a large and well filtered mature tank with sturdy décor such as rocks. They do dig so are not planted tank safe. Requires a similar set up to the well known Oscar.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

An aggressive and territorial Cichlid.

Identification[edit | edit source]

The Carpintis are attractive looking fish with their greyish/blue body and their splotches of light blues/greens/silvers across the flanks and head.

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