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River cichlids

The plants in the river

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Chocolate cichlid

Chocolate cichlid

Yellow belly cichlid

Yellow belly cichlid

Jack dempsey

Jack dempsey

Rio grande cichlid

Rio grande cichlid

Convict cichlid

Convict cichlid

Red Terror

Red Terror

Jewelfish

Jewelfish

Saddle cichlid

Saddle cichlid

Jack dempsey

Jack dempsey

Facts

LatinRocio octofasciata
Size25 cm
FoodSmall crustaceans, insects and worms
HabitatRivers and lakes
IUCN

Not evaluated

LocationCentral America
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Spoiled babies

Only rocks which the male has taken great care to clean first are good enough for the Jack Dempsey cichlid to lay its eggs on. After hatching, the fry are moved into hollows in the riverbed, where they are fed by the parents until they can fend for themselves.

Named after a boxer

When first introduced as an aquarium fish, the Jack Dempsey cichlid quickly became known for the unique fighting spirit it showed towards other fish. When the cichlid was to be given a name in 1920, it was therefore named after an extremely popular boxer at that time – Jack Dempsey.


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