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post #1 of 4 Old 10-04-2012, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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Dicrossus maculatus photos

This past weekend I brought home a pair of Dicrossus Maculatus, or Checkerboard Cichlids. The shots were taken on their second day so they will likely color up a bit more. And the female will be less camera shy as time goes on, likely. ;) They are pretty little fish, and longer (vs. wider) than the other SA dwarves. They also swim in small little bursts - swim, pause, swim, pause, swim, pause. They seemed to acclimate and become comfortable almost immediately. They go all over the tank and peck around at the leaves and algae looking for tidbits.

Excuse the tank - I went on a 3-week trip (no tank cleaning, just a friend feeding them), and then was back for 2 weeks and then had knee surgery, so there's some algae on the glass and during that time black brush algae decided to come say hi. So I need to do some more cleaning up of the tank now and replace a few plants.

Here is the female. She's about 1.5-2"


And the male is 2-2.5"









If anyone else has had these guys, I'd love to hear about your experiences with them.
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No one's had these guys? I'd take your filamentosus experience, too. ;)
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I've not had this species, Dicrossus maculatus, but many years ago I did have the other, Dicrossus filamentosus. You might find some info in the profiles [click shaded names] which I happen to have written.

Both species are perhaps the best dwarf cichlid for a community tank. Well planted, soft slightly acidic water (which should come out of the tap in Portland), and they will sparkle.

The Wet Spot in Portland seems to get these species in somewhat regularly, which is nice. They have some very lovely fish, many of the rarer species.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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I've not had this species, Dicrossus maculatus, but many years ago I did have the other, Dicrossus filamentosus. You might find some info in the profiles [click shaded names] which I happen to have written.

Both species are perhaps the best dwarf cichlid for a community tank. Well planted, soft slightly acidic water (which should come out of the tap in Portland), and they will sparkle.

The Wet Spot in Portland seems to get these species in somewhat regularly, which is nice. They have some very lovely fish, many of the rarer species.

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Yes, they must have a local person spawning them as they do have them fairly regularly (have been stalking them for quite some time but never bought them until now.) and they are tank-raised.

I am loving them! They are always in the move, always out, and very curious. I can't wait to see how the male continues to color up as time goes on.
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