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Nike's fish^ male and female

Name: Parachromis dovii

Common name: Wolf cichlid, Dow's cichlid

Location: Central American- Atlantic Slope, Honduras to Rio Moin, Costa Rica

Size: Male- Up to 24 inches in the wild, but usually only 20" in an aquarium. Female- 16-18".

Feeding: Juvenile dovii readily accept items such as beefheart, brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, squid pieces as well as pellet/flake foods. Adult dovii will accept most any types of foods-beefheart, krill, smelt, squid, high protein pellet food.

Body: Young dovii lack much of the color their larger species develop. Juvenile dovii normally have a light yellow body with a distinct black bar running horizontally down their body. Sexing dovii at a young age is next to impossible, males and females are very similar in appearance and color. As juveniles mature males will start to develop blue spots on their gill plates and blue hues begin to show up in their fins. The beginnings of a nuchual hump also become visible in male specimens. Adults have a long slender torpedo body shape, noticeable nuchual hump, males develop a very distinct speckling of the front 1/4 of the body, mainly on the gill plate and upper cranium region. Males also exhibit long finnage in their dorsal fins. Their normal colorations varies from white to purplish in body color. Females are much shorter in overall length and take on a more stockier appearance. Females normally have a yellow tint to their main body color with a bold black bar running horizontally along their sides. One of the most outstanding features of this cunning freshwater predator is the presence of 1/4" canine teeth.

Tank minimum: 180 gallons (72x24x24)

Temperature: 74F-84F

pH: 6.8-7.6

Tank setup: Length and width are key to a mature dovii's tank. Mid to strong water circulation and heavy filtration.

Compatibility: A very large and aggressive cichlid. Very pugnacious towards conspecifics (different species of fish within the same tank) and heterospecifics (same species of fish). Be very mindful when selecting tankmates for dovii, they are extremely territorial.

Breeding: Typical egg-laying cichlid. Both parents provide care for young fry. Spawning usually occurs on flat surface inside cave or crevace. Parental care is carried out through the first weeks of life for newly hatched fry. Eggs typically hatch in 3-5 days, free swimming fry approx. 5-7 days after hatching, noticeable changes to more "fish" like appearance occur approx. 3-4 weeks after initial hatching. An interesting fact about dovii is the aid provided by Cichlasoma nicaraugense. There has been some documentation of nicaraugense aiding female dovii in the defense of the fry. There is much speculation as to this strange relationship, but the common thinking is that dovii regularly prey on convict cichlids as well as neetropolus cichlids, these small cichlids will prey on the offspring of the nicaraugense. The protection provided by the nicaraguense aid in the survival rate of the dovii, in turn improving the survival rate of the nicaraugense. This type of behaviour is still very much a mystery, but is very unique to these fish as well.


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