Matt Clarke on the Teleocichla sp. Tapajos.
Scientific name: Teleocichla sp. "Tapajos"
Origin: Rio Tapajos, Amazon basin
Aquarium: A pair needs a tank of around 60cm/24", preferably larger. Provide plenty of hiding places.
Size: The adult size is not known, but most adult Teleocichla reach 5-9cm/2-3"
Habitat: These cichlids are found in rivers and streams, so provide plenty of water movement and lots of worn pebbles.
Diet: Teleocichla are micropredators, and are closely related to the Pike cichlids. They generally take frozen bloodworms, daphinia and brineshrimp readily and may also take flaked foods.
Availability: Not commonly available. These were imported from the Peru region by Maidenhead Aquatics, Harlestone Heath.
Notes: There are currently two species described from the Rio Tapajos: T. priogenys and T. proselytus. The fish shown here is said to be an undescribed species. Rarely imported into the UK market.
Price: £8.50 for a 6cm/2" fish.
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