Their bodies are gold in color with a metallic blue hue, and the dorsal and anal fins are very large giving these fish a more dramatic look. They are commonly found within piles of shells in nature, in which they use to breed.
Relatively aggressive for its size, they like to live in shells and eat a normal variety of cichlid foods.
Gold Ocellatus are an aggressive African Cichlid. Recommended temp 22 to 26 deg c. pH 8.0
Compatible tankmates include : Nothing is considered completely compatible with African Cichlids.
Usually compatible : Barbs, other Malawi Cichlids, South American Cichlids, Bristlenose and L-numbers, Large Gourami, Gudgeons, Loaches, Rainbowfish, Sharks, Silver Dollars
Definitely not compatible : Angelfish, Bettas, Corydora, Eels tailed catfish, Tandannus Catfish, Danios, Discus, Flying Fox, Goldfish, Dwarf Gourami, Guppies, Killifish, Mollies, Murray Cod, Platies, Rasbora, Saratoga, Snails, Swordtails and Tetras.
Omnivorous diet. Recommend Black Soldier Fly Larvae based foods, Artemia, Bloodworm, or protein pellets supplemented with vegetable matter.
HOW TO INTRODUCE YOUR NEW FISH
- Always quarantine your new fish to observe health and behaviour prior to introduction to your main aquarium.
- Make sure you check your water quality in any aquarium before adding new fish. If it is not suitable then do a water change and check pH and GH. You can purchase an easy to use test kit to help you monitor these water parameters.
- Sit the unopened bag in the top of the tank and leave it for 5 to 10 minutes for the temperature to equalise.
- Open the bag and pour fish and water into a bucket. Slowly pour 1 cup of your tank water into the bucket. Repeat this process every 5 minutes until you have doubled the water volume in the bucket.
- After another 5 minutes take your fish from the bucket with a clean fish net and release into your aquarium. DO NOT use the water from the bucket – throw this water away.
- A prophylactic treatment of the tank with Melafix, De Stress and or a broad spectrum anti biotic treatment, can help fish overcome the stress of getting relocated which often can bring illness.
Duty of care.
- Please be aware that all livestock images used are for example only as it is not possible to photograph and publish individual animals.
- eQuaria delivers live fish to local customers only within the Perth metro region.
- eQuaria recommends that all fish are quarantined for a period of 14 days in a separate aquarium prior to introduction to your main aquarium
- The duty of care for your fish passes to you on receipt.