Dicrossus filamentosus

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This magnificently colored South American dwarf cichlid (family Cichlidae) is native to Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil.

Care tips

  • Prefers slow water flow
  • Driftwood roots or branches for cover
  • Sand substrate preferred
  • Catappa leaves
  • Plants
  • Prefers higher temperatures
  • Acidic water specially for breeding
  • Peaceful cichlid

Dicrossus filamentosus is also known by Lyretail checkerboard cichlid and Checkerboard cichlid. Synonym to Crenicara filamentosa and Dicrossus filamentosa.

Below you can find photo and video collection of the Checkerboard cichlids that I have kept with unsuccessful spawning results.

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Dicrossus filamentosus photo gallery

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