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magpie 10-04-2012 02:08 PM

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"
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8038/8...ec1e1be9_c.jpg

And the male is 2-2.5"
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8454/8...4dd62b70_c.jpg


http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8462/8...391b0006_c.jpg


http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8038/8...cdcc9485_c.jpg


If anyone else has had these guys, I'd love to hear about your experiences with them.

magpie 10-06-2012 09:24 AM

No one's had these guys? I'd take your filamentosus experience, too. ;)

Byron 10-06-2012 07:24 PM

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.

Byron.

magpie 10-06-2012 11:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Byron (Post 1267635)
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.

Byron.

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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