Five-Bar Cichlid

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  1. Tank Size: Provide a tank of at least 50-75 gallons for a pair of Five-Bar Cichlids, with a larger tank needed for a group. These fish can grow to a substantial size.

  2. Water Parameters: Maintain stable conditions with a temperature range of 75-82°F (24-28°C), a pH level of 7.0-8.0, and moderately hard to hard water.

  3. Filtration: Use efficient filtration to ensure good water quality and oxygenation. These cichlids are sensitive to poor water conditions.

  4. Aquascape: Create an environment with sand or fine gravel substrate and plenty of hiding spots like caves, rocks, and driftwood. They appreciate a well-structured tank.

  5. Tank Mates: Five-Bar Cichlids are territorial and aggressive, especially when breeding. Keep them in a species-specific setup or with other large, robust cichlid species.

  6. Diet: They are carnivores and need a diet primarily of high-quality pellets, flakes, and live or frozen foods like shrimp, fish, and worms.

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