Scientific name: Etroplus maculatus
A member of the large, popular cichlid family, the Orange Chromide grows to about three inches and fits comfortably in most community tanks. Although a hardy species overall, very small individuals are sometimes susceptible to fungus in pure fresh water. Adding a teaspoon of salt for each gallon of water eliminates the problem, but some hobbyists believe that certain tankmates, such as catfish species and Angelfish, do better without salt.
A water temperature of 72º to 82º Fahrenheit, a pH of 7.5 to 8.5, and hard to relatively hard water are best. All flake and freeze-dried foods are accepted, but Orange Chromide will nibble on live plants if they don't get fresh vegetable food regularly.
To learn more about freshwater aquariums, see:
- Aquarium Basics
- How to Choose Aquarium Equipment
- How to Set Up an Aquarium
- How to Maintain an Aquarium
- How to Choose Aquarium Fish
- How to Care for Aquarium Fish
- Freshwater Aquarium Fish