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T-Bar Cichlid

t-bar cichlid

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Scientific Name:   Cryptoheros sajica      
Min. Tank Size:   30 gallons      
Personality:   Semi-aggressive      
Temperature:   75-82°F      
pH:   6.5-7.5/5-10°dGH      
Size:   4.5"      
Diet:   Omnivore      
Breeding:   Egglayer      


Can be kept with other Central American Cichlids, Catfish and other peaceful species.

T-Bar Cichlid

Also known as the Sajica Cichlid, T-Bar Cichlids are named for the T-shaped mark formed by dark vertical bands paired with a lateral stripe running from the head to the tail in most specimens. The overall coloration of these fishes is usually light brown or tan and males of the species may develop blue or red coloration on the fins when they reach maturity. T-Bar Cichlids are Central American Cichlids, native to the freshwater lakes and streams of Costa Rica. These fish tend to inhabit waters with moderate or strong currents and gravel substrate.

Tank Set-up

In the home aquarium, T-Bar Cichlids are relatively undemanding. In order to mimic the natural environment of this species, however, gravel substrate is best and strong filtration is recommended. These Cichlids typically do not disturb live aquarium plants and will appreciate the addition of floating plants to the tank.

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T-Bar Cichlids are omnivorous, feeding on algae, insects and detritus in the wild. In captivity, these fish are likely to accept a variety of foods including bloodworms and brine shrimp in addition to flakes and pellets. Feed a regular varied diet for best health and coloration.


If the temperature in the breeding tank is kept around 78 degrees Fahrenheit, breeding T-Bar Cichlids is not difficult. These fish are cave spawners, but will sometimes spawn on flat rocks if no cave is available. After the female lays her eggs, the male T-Bar Cichlid will fertilize them and then fiercely guard the nest until the eggs hatch about 3 days later. Once the fry hatch, the parents will continue to care for them and may even care for the fry until they reach their adult size.

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