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The Seven Stripe Cichlid, scientifically known as Amatitlania septemfasciata, is a small and attractive cichlid species originating from Costa Rica. As its name suggests, it is characterized by seven distinct dark bands along its body, with two notable spots—one in the middle of the body and the other on the caudal peduncle.

Sexual dimorphism is evident in this species, with males typically growing larger, reaching up to 10 centimeters in standard length. They often display reddish or yellowish coloration on their belly sides, extending to the base of the dorsal fin. Additionally, males exhibit sky-blue scales on their ventral sides. Females, on the other hand, do not grow larger than 7 centimeters and may have a golden yellow zone extending from the gill covers to the beginning of the caudal peduncle. During the mating season, females undergo a color pattern change, with black and white tones predominating.

In terms of care, Seven Stripe Cichlids are omnivorous and will accept a variety of foods in the aquarium. They thrive in water conditions with a pH range of 7 to 8 and a temperature between 26°C to 30°C. As egg layers, they require appropriate breeding conditions to reproduce successfully.

Given their relatively small size and peaceful nature, Seven Stripe Cichlids can be kept in community aquariums with other compatible fish species. However, it's essential to provide adequate hiding spots and territorial boundaries, especially during breeding periods, to prevent aggression.



  • Species: Amatitlania septemfasciata
  • Common Name: Seven Stripe
  • Origin: Costa Rica
  • Diet: Omnivores
  • pH Range: 7 – 8
  • Temperature: Tropical 26°C – 30°C
  • Breed Type: Egg Layer
  • Maximum Size: Approximately 10cm
  • Sex: Un-sexed

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