Crenicichla sp "Xingu"
Etymology: "Named" after it's place of origin, Rio Xingu.
Synonyms: None, possibly the fish are a colorvariation of Crenicicla johanna or Crenicichla strigata.
First European import: Unknown.
Description: See pictures.
Care: Keep the fish in larger tanks, minimum 1.50 long for full grown Crenicichla sp. Xingu are required. The waterconditions aren't too important, although soft water and peat filtration are beneficial to the fish. If the tank is kept too light, the fish will often hide and rarely show themselves. Lot's of hiding places should be available to the fish, as well as some free swimming space. Like most Crenicichla the fish are territorial, and the tank should be large enough for each fish to establish a territorium. The fish can be kept together with other fish, toward which they aren't aggressiv at all, as long as the co-inhabitants are large enough. Smaller fish are considered a welcome variation in the diet.
Temperature: 23-26 degrees.
Feeding: Predator, fish, meatstrips and earthworms.
Size: around 25 cm.
Breeding: Currently no breeding report available, but it should be similar to other Crenicichla species.
Sexual dimorphism: Unk. Other Crenicichla have as differences, males longer finnage sometimes, and the females have a different coloration in the belly region. Females ready to mate can be clearly distinguished in al crenicichla species, since they are much fatter than the males(especially after the fish have been fed).
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Picture references:Both pictures: E. Naus
References: Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1982): Aquarien Atlas I. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.(click on the link to buy this book)Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1985): Aquarien Atlas II. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1989): Aquarien Atlas III. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.
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