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White Spotted Cichlid is a freshwater fish, also known as White Spotted Cichlid, found in Lake Tanganyika, Africa. The White Spotted Cichlid is said to be less aggressive than their cousins, but this can vary depending on the personalities of individual fish. Do not add a new fish to an already established colony as this will cause an upset and death. In the wild, they spend much of their time searching and pecking at algae on the rocks. Buy Live Fish online with Coburg Aquarium in Australia

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Features of White Spotted Cichlid:

  • The White Spotted Cichlid has an outstanding color transformation as it grows. Watching this fish change from its juvenile to adult is really awesome, it looks like a totally different fish as mature
  • Having an extremely aggressive nature, they are best kept in a species specific tank in groups of at least 10
  • The White Spotted Cichlid is a stocky fish, have a large head, and the body narrows as it forms the tail. The caudal fin is fan shaped
  • They are suggested for more experienced aquarists
  • The average lifespan is: 5-8 years


White Spotted Cichlids: Care, Diet and Tank Mates

The Best Aquarium Size for White Spotted Cichlids:

The commonly recommended White Spotted Cichlid tank size is 110 litres for a single specimen. A much larger tank is required for a group.

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White Spotted Cichlid Tank Mate Compatibility:

In fact, it is relatively peaceful towards other species but will squabble with conspecifics. It is hard to obtain a peaceful group of their own species. However, they can do well with other fish. The fish are very active and should avoid with shy species.

Here are some good White Spotted Cichlid tank mates to consider:

White Spotted Cichlid Food :

White Spotted Cichlids are omnivores but much of its diet consists of herbivorous foods.They feed on algae scraped from the rocks along with microorganisms it contains. A small amount live foods can be offered occasionally as a treat. Some good commercial food brands for this fish:

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White Spotted Cichlid Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration

They need good water movement along with very strong and efficient filtration. Lake Tanganyika is a very oxygen rich lake so bubblers need to be going day and night, even if there are plants.

Here are some great brands to consider:

Power head Brands:

Aquarium Heater

The aquarium should be heated, depending on your area’s climate. Install an aquarium heater if necessary.

Aquarium Lighting

Strong lighting is needed to encourage algae growth. Search for Aquarium Light? Check this page here

Aquatic Plants

Aquarium plants can help the fry have a higher survival rate. White spotted cichlid may eat some plants, you can plant some hardy species include: SwordplantAnubiasNeedle Leaf Java Fern, Java fern. Buy our live Aquarium plants Online Click Here

Aquarium Decorations

Introduce some rocks, coves, driftwood into the mix as well. Meanwhile, smooth rocks will act as breeding grounds for these fish. Ideal Ornaments for your tank:

Aquarium Substrate

A sandy or very sall sized gravel substrate are good ones for them.

A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium.

Additional Information

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Aquarium Set-up Service:

Our design team enables us to create the tank you desire, install your tank where you wish to and provide a maintenance service to ensure everything runs smoothly. We can create almost any aquarium from the small home aquarium to large commercial aquariums. Please contact us if you need any custom tank services.