Orange Chromide

By: the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.

Orange Chromide -- etroplus maculatus
© Aaron Norman

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.


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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.

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