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Title Green Dwarf Pike, A Tiny Terror

Sara Waller

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A brief description of the green dwarf pike cichlid.


The green dwarf pike cichlid (Crenicichla compressiceps) is a small fish known only from the lower Rio Tocantins basin, Brazil.

The green dwarf pike cichlid grows to an adult size of up to 4 inches long.  Males are slightly larger than females and possess a slightly pointed dorsal fin, as well as more yellow striping in the fins.   Females are smaller with a more rounded belly.                                      

The green dwarf pike cichlid should be maintained in an aquarium of 30 gallons or larger.  Lighting should be subdued and there should be plenty of hiding places in the form of driftwood, rocks, and leaf litter (CS706).  The addition of a dark substrate (CS6631) and plants is also recommended. 


The green dwarf pike cichlid prefers a water temperature of 75°F to 81°F, a pH of 5.0 to 6.8, and a hardness of 1 to 8°H.  

The green dwarf pike cichlid can be an aggressive fish.  They should be kept with target fish, which will help spread around their excessive aggression, especially that directed against conspecifics.  Good candidates include other similarly sized cichlids, such as Apistogramma or Dicrossus species.  Larger, fast swimming fish including giant danios, rainbows, and many barbs may also be utilized.


Green dwarf pike cichlids will usually accept dry foods, especially sinking pellets (NL1001).  Vary their diet with a pellet containing spirulina (NL1021) and plenty of frozen foods.  Probiotics (AL169) will also improve overall health and longevity.


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