Cuatro Cienegas Cichlid (Herichthys minckleyi)

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Remarks: Herichthys minckleyi from Cuatro Cienegas, Mexico, have been documented as exhibiting a sneaking mechanism for breeding. While large males dominate a territory with several females, subdominant males may attempt to quickly fertilize new eggs before the larger male has a chance. This breeding strategy allows for "sneakers" to pass their genes onto the next generation, and the breeding mechanism has become a viable option for many males. This species is also unique in having several forms in the wild that are specialized for different feeding habits. One type exhibits small teeth to feed on mostly plant material, while the other type exhibits larger teeth and a wider mouth, perfect for crushing snails. They seem to occupy the same territory and are in fact one population of fish! 

Info on Breeding Strategies can be found here, supplied by Dr. Ron Oldfield (who initially provided us with these fish). 

Scientific Name: Herichthys minckleyi

Common Name: Cuatro Cienegas Cichlid

Max Size: 8"

pH: 7.0-8.4

Hardness: Hard

Temperature: 70-82°

Aggressiveness: Aggressive

Region of Origin: Mexico

Captive Bred or Wild: Captive Bred

Diet: Flake or pellet

Compatibility: Central American cichlids may be tolerated, but during breeding these fish should be kept alone.

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