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Wolf Cichlid
~Pooja Chakrabarty

Wolf Cichlid: Nandopsis Dovii

The wolf cichlid is a fiercely aggressive cichlid. It grows to monstrous sizes, and is known to devour its own tankmates. This Central American cichlid  may trouble tankmates.

The wolf cichlid or Nandopsis Dovii is originally from Central America where it grows to a length of about 19" at a temperature of about 24oC, and a pH of about 7.2 to 7.5. Being a midwater fish, it requires calm waters. and you could provide it with a number of hiding places that would be suitable to other South American Cichlids.

Wolf cichlids create a lot of waste, and so must be provided with a large tank and a good filter. Regular water changes must also be made.

A true Guapote, this cichlid from Costa Rica and Nicaragua grows to enormous sizes, and feeds on other cichlids. However, compared to the other guapote, the managuense cichlid, the wolf cichlid is somewhat less aggressive, and only attacks fish smaller than itself.

Wolf cichlids create a lot of waste, and so must be provided with a large tank and a good filter

It is not really true that the wolf cichlid will only eat non-vegetarian food. You can also feed it pellets and flakes, and it will be quite satisfied.

The male wolf cichlids are larger than the females, and more colorful.  They develop a number of thin broken lines along their sides, and a lovely bluish-green color.

As far as temperament is concerned, some wolf cichlids are shy around people, while others may become animated at their presence.

Not only its size, but also its speed and intelligence make the wolf cichlid powerful enough to annihilate the other fish that share its space. This huge predator often becomes the top dog in its tank.

It is not a good idea to house two males in a large tank, even if the tank is a large one, as they might be hostile towards each other. It should either be kept alone, or with other wolf cichlids, or other similar sized fish that can take care of themselves. Any less, and they will end up as dinner for the carnivorous wolf cichlid. Also, be careful when cleaning the tank for the Dovii is quite capable of biting your hand.

[Permission for using the above picture has been given by Jeff Rapps of Tangled Up In Cichlids.]

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