Wolf Cichlid – Parachromis Dovii

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wolf cichlid parachromis dovii

Origin:

The Wolf Cichlid, or Dovii is native to Honduras, Costa Rica and Nicaragua in Central America.

Size:

Up to 30 inches in length.

Aquarium Size:

Due to the huge adult size of the Dovii an aquarium of 800l/210 US gal should be considered a minimum.

Preferred water conditions:

  • Temp: 24 – 28°C
  • pH: 7 – 8
  • Hardness: Moderately soft – moderately hard.

Diet:

As its name suggests, the Wolf Cichlid is a carnivore. It will do best when fed a combination of Carnivore pellets and meaty foods such as Earthworm, Prawn, Mussel, Cod and silverside.

Behaviour:

The Wolf Cichlid or Dovii is a large, territorial fish. It is difficult to keep adult specimens with other fish without their aggression becoming an issue.

It may be possible to keep juveniles with other large robust Cichlids, but it is likely that the Dovii will rapidly outgrow and attack them. This is a predatory fish which will attempt to eat other fish in the same tank.

Sexing:

Males grow larger than females. Females often display a yellow colouration.

Breeding:

Breeding Dovii requires a very large aquarium. Pairing is best done by keeping a group of juveniles and allowing them to pair naturally. An adult male may kill any female that s introduced to the aquarium.

The Wolf Cichlid/Dovii is a substrate spawner and the female is capable of laying 1000+ eggs.

Eggs usually hatch within 5 days and the fry are free-swimming a few days later.

Parental care is often quite good in Dovii and parents will care for their young until they reach a couple of cm in length.

As the fry grow, larger specimens may eat smaller ones. The Wolf Cichlid can spawn every 4 weeks.

Notes:

The dream fish of many Cichlid keepers, the Dovii is a large fish that displays a lot of intelligence and personality.

These fish grow to a huge size and require plenty of swimming room. The larger the aquarium the better, but 800l should be considered an minimum for a pair.

 

 

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