The Dovii Wolf Cichlid is very intelligent and has so much personality that its territory usually extends beyond the tank. They will investigate any goings on in the room and can bond with their owners on a level that the smaller cichlids don’t. They are also the epitome of a predatory fish and will be the dominate
A beautiful deep bodied muscular fish, it can reach just over 28 inches (72 cm) in length. The mature male has a rich golden yellow to silvery background speckled with blue, black, and purple. It has green and red on the head and the base of the dorsal fin, with blue-green fins and tail. The females are almost entirely yellow. It is also known as the Dovii Cichlid, Guapote, Dow’s Cichlid, and Rainbow Bass.
Though they grow large, they are a rewarding pet as long as you are able to care for their needs. A tank that is 120 gallons or more is needed for their long term care. They will require a large open swimming area but will also appreciate caves to hide in and rocks and other decor to swim around.Provide them with a sandy substrate for them to burrow in and be sure any live plants are either floating or well anchored into the substrate (otherwise the fish will dig up their roots).It’s also a good idea to firmly plant large, heavy rocks onto the actual bottom of the tank and even to glue formations together so as to prevent the cichlid from knocking them down. That said, leave some smaller rocks and other “toys” such as ping pong balls for them to play with or they might get bored!
Being a very easy to keep fish, the Wolf Cichlid is a great beginner fish for the aquarist who wants a large water pet. They are not demanding and can tolerate a wide range of pH, though it must be kept stable. However, their big teeth show this is a voracious predator that needs to be respected. Remember this when they have fry and you are thinking about putting your hand in the tank!
- Species – Parachromis Dovii
- Common Name – Dovii, Wolf Cichlid
- Origin – Central America
- Diet – Carnivour
- PH Range – 6 – 7
- Temperature – Tropical 24°c – 30°c
- Breed Type – Egg Layer
- Current Size – approximately 5cm (Grows to approximately 70cm)
- Sex – Un-sexed