Above: Shown in the picture just above is a Orange Chromide Cichlid, swimming in one of our aquariums, when one of us snapped this picture.
Origin: The ancestors of this fish lived in coastal Southeastern India or on the big island of Sri Lanka.
The water where they live was a mixture of saltwater from the Indian Ocean and the freshwater running off the land.
Maximum Size: In aquariums they can grow to be about 3" long, including their tails.
Behaviors: This is a active swimmer that are not very aggressive, but may pick on smaller fish.
Compatibility: Some recommended tank mates include, other Brackish Fish, or, Plecostomus Catfish, Clown Loaches, Barbs, and many other medium size aquarium fish.
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Temperature: Orange Chromide Cichlid can live pretty well from about 72 to 80-degrees F., but they're probably most comfortable at about 75 to 78-degrees F.
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Feeding: Premium Fish Food Flakes when small and Premium Pellet Food when larger.
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Water Conditions: Orange Chromide Cichlids seem to be tolerant of a wide range of water conditions.
Probably a pH of about 7.8 with moderate hardness is best, when they're young.
Most water in the US seems to be OK, so it's probably best NOT to adjust the pH or the hardness of the water.
As they get older they need proportionately more marine salts in their water.
Here in our facilities the water is hard and the pH is usually about 7.8. We ship them in this water.
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Aquarium Size: When young it's probably best to house one in at least a 30-gallon tank, but bigger is better.
Decor: Orange Chromide Cichlid do not need gravel, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water.
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Live Plants are beautiful and improve the water quality, but Orange Chromide Cichlid may pick at them and will soon kill the freshwater plants.
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Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended.
A Penguin 200B Filter in an aquarium with 30-gallons of water is a good start.
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The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range.
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Life Span: Orange Chromide Cichlids live for many years with excellent water and premium food.
Gender: It's not easy to tell the males from the females, when they're young and sometimes, even as they mature.
As females mature they often fill with eggs and become plumper, which may be a clue to their gender.
Breeding: These cichlids mate and breed much like African and South American cichlids, but they are not mouth brooders.
Instead they lay their eggs and watch over their fry as they mature.
Popularity: Orange Chromide Cichlids are popular in the aquarium hobby.
Names: The scientific name of the Orange Chromide Cichlid is Etroplus maculatus.
Variations: This fish is an orange variation of the original wild fish and there may be other variations that we do not know about now.
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