The Pike Cichlids such as Crenicichla lepidota are a handsome torpedo shaped cichlid. It looks great and adds a nice touch of variety to a community tank. Though they aren't a very large pike cichlid and only reach about 7" (18 cm), these fish are aggressive and voracious predators. Crenicichla is a genus of cichlids native to South America commonly known as the pike cichlids such as Crenicichla lepidota. They are found in most tropical and subtropical freshwater habitats between the Andes and the Atlantic. One of the most striking of all the Pike Cichlids, the Lenticulata or Spotted Pike is a large growing species found in Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela. Like many large Pike Cichlids, they are territorial and can be extremely aggressive towards tank mates so any other fish in the aquarium should be chosen with care. The Red Spotted Lenticulata is a rare regional variant which exhibits intense coloration including red (as opposed to black) spots along the face and extensive spotting and marbling along the lateral line.