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Home > Orange Chromide for Sale (Etroplus maculatus) endemic to freshwater and brackish streams India and Sri Lanka

Orange Chromide for Sale (Etroplus maculatus) endemic to freshwater and brackish streams India and Sri Lanka

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Orange Chromide for Sale

Orange Chromide for Sale (Etroplus maculatus)

Name: Orange Chromide

Other Names: Red Chromide, Pearl-spot, Spotted Etroplus

Scientific Name: Etroplus maculatus

Family: Cichlidae

Subfamily: Etroplinae

Distribution: India and Sri Lanka

Length: 3.5"

Water Temperature: 68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit (20-25 degrees Celsius)

Diet: They thrive on fish fry, zooplanktonic foods and algae. Standard aquarium flake fare will be taken with relish as well. Color-enhancing foods, especially those high in carotene, are highly recommended.

Water Chemistry: dH between 9 and 19; some salt must be added to the aquarium or else these brackish fish will succumb to all sorts of anorexia- and fungus-related conditions. (7.5-11 tsp. salt/10 gallons recommended)

pH: 7-9

Lifespan: 5 years

Species: Description These are ovular fish that appear to be somewhat horizontally stretched.

The coloration of this fish is yellow to an intense, eponymous bright orange with rows of red-orange spots. They have three short vertical bars near the pectoral fins. There may be a lot of black appearing near the conjunction of the ventral and lateral surfaces. The ventral surface is light orange.

The fins remain close to the body and are a translucent orange. The pelvic and anal fins might be black on some individuals. The caudal fin is somewhat bifurcated.

The eye is quite noticeable due to its size and the fact that the dark coloration contrasts the body on which it is located.

Species Behavior: Unlike the stereotypical fire-breathing cichlid, the Orange Chromide is able to be kept in a community and will not actively destroy its tank and all items within. They do best when kept in male-female pairs that are formed through the "pairing off" method of allowing pairs to choose themselves from 6+ juveniles. These pairs form permanent bonds and work together to raise their fry to the juvenile stage.

Natural Conditions They are generally found along the planted edges of the waters in which they make their home. They live in lagoons, small streams and estuaries in the wild.

Natural Range India and Sri Lanka

Minimum recommended tank size 20 gallons

Water Temperature 68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit (20-25 degrees Celsius)

Water Quality dH between 9 and 19; some salt must be added to the aquarium or else these brackish fish will succumb to all sorts of anorexia- and fungus-related conditions. (7.5-11 tsp. salt/10 gallons recommended) A pH between 7 and 9 is necessary, one between 8 and 9 is optimal.

E. maculatuses are sensitive to changes in condition of their home; small and frequent water changes are best.

Sexing When it's time to breed, males may develop black patches on the lateral surfaces and dark edging to the dorsal and anal fins.

Breeding Turning up the temperature and adding some salinity are proven triggers for spawning. The parents clean décor such as rocks, driftwood and roots (or whatever you have substituted for those in your aquarium ecosystem).

The eggs (200-300 of them) are then attached to said décor and will hatch in 3-6 days. The parents will move the fry to rearing pits at that point. The fry will also attach themselves to the lateral surfaces of the parents in a behavior which is seemingly akin to that of Discus fry. Once they are free-swimming, the fry can eat small live foods. Do not be too hasty to remove the fry from their parents; care of the new generation may continue for as long as four months.

Fry are, like their parents, sensitive to changes in condition of their home; small and frequent water changes are best.

Feeding They thrive on fish fry, zooplanktonic foods and algae. Standard aquarium flake fare will be taken with relish as well. Color-enhancing foods, especially those high in carotene, are highly recommended.

Miscellaneous Info There are only two synonyms for the Orange Chromide -- Chaetodon maculatus, the original combination, and Glyphisodon kakaitsel. Neither appears often in relevant hobby literature.





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