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The Rainbow Cichlid, known for its vibrant colors and peaceful nature, is one of the smallest Central American Cichlids, reaching around 7cm in aquariums compared to over 17cm in the wild. Their striking appearance, characterized by a rainbow-like coloring with gold to orange body and blue accents, makes them a popular choice for community tanks.

These cichlids are versatile and can thrive in various tank setups, including small tanks due to their manageable size. They coexist peacefully with other tropical fish like Discus and German Rams, adding color and interest to the aquarium. Their adaptable nature also makes them suitable for species tanks.

Maintaining Rainbow Cichlids is relatively easy, as they are hardy and not demanding. Regular water changes are essential to ensure clean water, given their preference for pristine conditions. Providing a fine gravel substrate, rocks, and driftwood for hiding places mimics their natural habitat and promotes their well-being. While they enjoy a heavily planted tank, it's advisable to choose hardy plants that are well-rooted to withstand their activity.

One distinctive feature of Rainbow Cichlids is their tricuspid teeth, adapted for feeding on filamentous algae in the wild. However, in aquariums, they are not picky eaters and readily accept a variety of foods. Despite being moved from their own monotypic genus, Herotilapia, to the genus Archocentrus, they remain a unique and cherished species among aquarists.


Species: Archocentrus multispinosus
Common Name: Rainbow Cichlid
Origin: Central America
Diet: Omnivorous
pH Range: 6 – 7
Temperature: Tropical 24°C – 30°C
Breed Type: Egg Layer
Max Size: 7cm
Sex: Un-sexed

Rainbow Cichlid

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