2x Maroon cichlid - Aequidens maronii
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2x Maroon cichlid - Aequidens maronii

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2x Maroon cichlid - Aequidens maronii
Maroon Cichlids are a bit shy, but in a group with fish that come from the same habitat, they come out great! With their striking face, they are a great eye-catcher that can even reproduce in the aquarium. Especially in a beautifully designed Amazon aquarium they feel particularly comfortable and represent a great section of the biodiversity in the Orinoco. - Garnelio
Water values: soft to medium hard
Difficulty: 2 - Normal
Temperature: 20-25 °C
Feature: Interesting coloring
with fish?: Yes, with peaceful fish
with snails/shells?: No
Fish group: Cichlids
Visual effect: Forms territories (when spawning)
Breeding: medium
Diet: omnivorous - omnivorous
Origin: South America
Planting possible?: Yes
Behavior: Normal
with large crabs?: No
with dwarf crabs?: No
with shrimps?: Socialization not possible
Final size: 8-12 cm
Pelvic region: Center
Aquarium size: 200 l (approx. 100cm)
with crabs?: No

The habitat of the Maroon Cichlid, also known as Aequidens maronii, extends across the Orinoco Delta in northern South America and in waters of the Guyana countries. It prefers to inhabit rather low flowing waters and tributaries. The optimally to be socialized perches are suitable prima for a community tank with further Amazon species and represent a beautiful pontoon to the usual multicolored fishes and the aquarium planting.

The Maroni cichlids grow to a size of just 10 cm. Males can be visually distinguished from females primarily by their larger fins, but also by their genital papillae, which become visible primarily during courtship. They exhibit the tpyic perch body with a slight high back and a terminal mouth with thickened lip bulges. In base color they are yellow-gold with light belly side. When stressed, as well as during transfer or transport, they turn completely brown for a short period of time, which lightens up again once they have calmed down, generally they are considered to be timid. There is a black line across the eye from the forehead to the dorsal fin, and a distinct black spot below the dorsal fin, which has also earned them the name "keyhole perch". They can live for 10-12 years.

Breeding in the aquarium is possible if they feel comfortable. Maroon cichlids breed openly, that is, they lay up to 400 eggs in plain view on a smooth surface that they have carefully selected and cleaned beforehand. They defend their brood and also the young together against fellow fish. However, it would be more optimal and promising to start them in a rearing aquarium.

Maroni cichlids can be well maintained in an aquarium of 150 liters or more. As substrate a fine with medium grained gravel or also sand is suitable. A good infrastructure with Roots and stones, but also with a dense planting in places serves their well-being and especially as a retreat, since they can hide in the plants prima, if they feel troubled. Floating plants also dampen the incidence of light somewhat. At water values with a total hardness (GH) between 10-20 °dGH and a pH-value of 6,5-8 they can be maintained very well, the temperature should be between 23 and 26 °C.

Especially with fish from their habitat, such as different peaceful tetras, like Glow tetra or Jewel tetrabut also with Corydoras they can be socialized very well.

The omnivorous Maroni Cichlids can be easily fed in the aquarium with commercial dry food, such as granulated food, but also flake food for carnivorous ornamental fish. Live and frozen foods such as artemia, mosquito larvae or enchytrae also spice up their diet well.

Our food recommendation: NatureHolic Cichfeed is a great staple food for all carnivorous cichlids in the aquarium, perfectly meeting their requirements for food composition. The tasty pearls are also very well eaten by larger cichlids. Thanks to their soft texture, NatureHolic Cichfeed food pearls are gentle on the mouth and can be eaten very well by the fish.

Our plant recommendation: Use for the planting NatureHolic InVitros. These are free of snails, planarians and other unwanted co-inhabitants. Also free of algae spores, bacteria and fungi.

Expert Tip: We recommend for fish keeping the NatureHolic 3 Phase Liquid. The care set offers the best all-round protection for your animals. It ensures optimal conditions for successful breeding and keeping.

Scientific name:Cleithracara maronii, Aequidens maronii
German Name:Maroni cichlid, keyhole cichlid
Difficulty level:advanced
Origin/Distribution:North South America, Guyana, East Africa
Coloration:light base color with black facial stripe, black flank patch
Age expectancy approx. 12 years
Water parameters:GH 10-20 °dGH, pH 6.5-8 Temperature 23-27 °C
Tank size:120 l and up
Food Carnivorous, prefers live and frozen foods such as Artemia, Daphnia, Gammarus, Krill, Mysis
Breeding medium
Behavior very peaceful
Group size at least 2 animals
Further information Ten typical aquarium fish for beginners and alternatives to them, Tips for acclimating fish to the aquarium, Feeding aquarium fish properly - cheap food and what it can do
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Question: "Hallo, ich habe vor 2 Jahren ein Maronibuntbarsch Pärchen bei ihnen gekauft. Leider ist das Männchen jetzt verstorben. Ich suche nun dringend ein Männchen. Alle Maronis sind zu klein um sie zu kaufen. Das Geschlecht konnte nie fest zugesagt werden. Haben sie vielleicht ein älteres Männchen? Liebe Grüße Elisabeth "

from Kevin (Garnelio)
from Kevin (Garnelio)

Leider ist ein Aussuchen nch Geschlecht nicht bei allen unseren Tieren möglich, vielen Dank für dein Verständnis.

Question: "Hallo :) Ab wann sind die Maronibuntbarsche wieder verfügbar? MfG"

from Kevin (Garnelio)
from Kevin (Garnelio)

Sie sollten in Kürze wieder erhältlich sein, du kannst dich aber auch mit deiner Mailadresse registrieren, dann wirst du darüber benachrichtigt. Liebe Grüße, Kevin

Question: "Hallöchen, ich habe ein 180 Liter Cube in dem im Moment nur 15 Trauermantelsalmler wohnen. Sehr viel Holz und große Anubien sorgen neben Höhlen für Schutz. Wäre es möglich auch zwei Paare zu halten, oder ist das Becken zu klein? Herzliche Grüße Svenja"

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from Kevin (Garnelio)

Das sollte erfahrungsgemäß funktionieren.

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