Black Stripe Dwarf Cichlid (Taeniacara candidi) CareSheet
The Taeniacara candidi, often known as the Black Stripe Dwarf Cichlid, is a South American cichlid that originated in the Amazon Basin. These fish have a black stripe running horizontally from the snout to the base of the tail, and their bodies are exceedingly thin and elongated. Its relatively low dorsal fin is another unique trait. The Black Stripe Dwarf Cichlid should be housed in a tank with densely planted clusters that is at least 20 gallons. They demand a large number of open swimming areas as well as hiding spots. It's best to use a fine gravel to sand substrate. They are semiaggressive, but also shy, and should not be kept alongside huge, aggressive fish.
They need proper water conditions and must be changed on a regular basis. The Black Stripe Dwarf Cichlid is an egg layer that loves to deposit her eggs on the undersides of leaves or driftwood. The male will arrive after the female has deposited her eggs to fertilize them. The male then abandons the brood to the female after conception. Within seven to ten days, the fry will be able to swim on their own, at which point they should be fed freshly born brine shrimp. The fry will achieve sexual maturity in around five months since they are a fast-growing species.
The carnivorous Black Stripe Dwarf Cichlid will eat a broad range of foods. These fish will eat freeze-dried bloodworms
, flake food
, and both frozen and live brine shrimp and worms.
Requirements for keeping Taeniacara candidi
: Black Stripe Dwarf Cichlid
: Taeniacara candidi
: Native to South America, specifically found in the Rio Orinoco basin in Venezuela.
: Adult Taeniacara candidi typically reach lengths of around 2 to 3 inches (5 to 8 cm).
: Generally peaceful, but they can display territorial behavior during breeding.
: Carnivorous; they primarily feed on small invertebrates and insect larvae. In captivity, they accept high-quality pellets, live or frozen foods like brine shrimp and bloodworms.
Minimum Tank Size
: A tank with a minimum capacity of 20 gallons is suitable for a small group of Taeniacara candidi.
: They thrive in a temperature range of 74°F to 80°F (23°C to 27°C).
: Prefers slightly acidic to neutral water conditions, with a pH level between 6.0 and 7.0.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Taeniacara candidi
What is the common name for Taeniacara candidi?
The common name for Taeniacara candidi is the "White-Finned Darter Cichlid."
Where is Taeniacara candidi found in the wild?
Taeniacara candidi is native to South America, specifically found in the Rio Orinoco basin in Venezuela.
What is the typical size of Taeniacara candidi?
Adult Taeniacara candidi typically reach lengths of around 2 to 3 inches (5 to 8 cm).
Are Taeniacara candidi suitable for community aquariums?
Taeniacara candidi are generally peaceful but can display territorial behavior, especially during breeding. They can be kept with other peaceful fish that share similar water parameter requirements.
What do Taeniacara candidi eat in the wild?
In the wild, Taeniacara candidi primarily feeds on small invertebrates and insect larvae.
What should I feed Taeniacara candidi in a home aquarium?
In a home aquarium, Taeniacara candidi can be fed high-quality pellets and accept live or frozen foods like brine shrimp and bloodworms.
What is the recommended tank size for keeping Taeniacara candidi?
A tank with a minimum capacity of 20 gallons is suitable for a small group of Taeniacara candidi, but larger tanks offer more swimming space and territory options.
What water parameters do Taeniacara candidi prefer?
Taeniacara candidi thrive in slightly acidic to neutral water conditions, with a pH level between 6.0 and 7.0. They prefer a temperature range of 74°F to 80°F (23°C to 27°C).
Taeniacara candidi with fry