Dovii cichlid tank size a guide for selecting the right aquarium
Small Dovii cichlids can be raised in 30, 40, 55, and 75 gallon tanks but will have to ultimately be moved to larger tank. The reason for this is Dovii cichlids can reach 24 inches in length and possibly more. The strategy with going with a 240 gallon is in its dimensions and surface area. A 240 gallon tank measures 96 inches long by 24 inches wide and 25 inches tall. A large male Dovii will enjoy nine feet of swimming length. The other primary reason for this tank size is its width.
A large male Dovii that is 24 inches long can turn around without much difficulty because the tank is that wide. Smaller tanks are unfair to this fish its the width is smaller than the lenght of the cichlid. Therefore if you can afford it go for a 240 gallon aquarium and enjoy your Wolf cichlid and watch him reach its true potential in size. Remember keep large fish in small aquariums with stunt the fish.
Choosing the Best Aquarium Size for Dovii Cichlids
The large and aggressive Dovii cichlid demands sizable aquariums that accommodate their immense adult proportions and territorial nature. But what is the ideal tank size for keeping this Central American cichlid?
For a single Dovii, the minimum recommended aquarium size is 90 gallons. This allows room for furnishings while providing adequate territory for an adult that can reach 18-20 inches long. Larger is always better, and a 6 foot 125+ gallon tank is preferred.
If attempting to keep a male and female Dovii pairing, a tank size of at least 150 gallons is advised. Provide plenty of rockwork, driftwood, and planted areas to break up sightlines and diffuse aggression. The large footprint also allows each fish to establish its domain.
Some experienced keepers have successfully housed Dovii in large 300+ gallon aquariums to provide even more expansive territory and greater dilution of waste. Tanks under 100 gallons often result in stunted, stressed Dovii.
Remember to factor in potential tankmates that can handle Dovii. Large Central or South American cichlids like Jaguar
or Texas cichlids
may work with enough space. Small, docile species will become targets.
When setting up a tank for Dovii cichlids, bigger is always better. This provides the territory an adult Dovii needs to feel secure and exhibit natural behaviors. Aim for 125+ gallons, strong filtration, and plenty of sight breaks to keep your Dovii healthy and satisfied in captivity.
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