Orange Chromide (Etroplus Maculatus)

Orange Chromide (Etroplus Maculatus)

The orange chromide is one of the few Cichlids that may generally be included in a community tank. It grows to about three inches long and has an orange-gold body, darkening to olive along the back, and sprinkled with orderly rows of small red dots. 3 big bluish spots are arranged along the lateral line. Instantly below the eye it has a light blue crescent. The dorsal fin is sandy in colour, and also the pelvic and anal fins are comparable but darker in hue.

It is a fish that likes warmth; ideally it prefers a temperature between 75° and 82°F. It is not an simple species to spawn; the dark coloured eggs are suspended by individual threads from the leaves of plants. Alternatively, if a flower pot is put in the aquarium, the eggs might be suspended from the inside top edge. Otherwise spawning is as detailed for Cichlids.

The eggs hatch in about five days, and also the fry tend to have a preference for following mother. Adults should be removed after about two weeks.

Fish Details
Name: 
Orange Chromide
Scientific Name: 
Etroplus Maculatus
Average Temperature: 
78° F
Reproduction: 
Oviparous
Natural Location: 
India and Ceylon
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