Scientific name: Heros notatus Common name: Banded cichlid Family: Cichlidae Usual size in fish tanks: 30 - 35 cm (11.81 - 13.78 inch) 0 14 Recommended pH range for the species: 6 - 7 Recommended water hardness (dGH): 0 - 8°N (0 - 142.86ppm) 0°C 32°F 30°C 86°F Recommended temperature: 23 - 26 °C (73.4 - 78.8°F) The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning Where the species comes from: South America Temperament to its own species: peaceful Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels Food and feeding Meaty foods should be given to this fish in the form of bloodworm, beef heart, turkey heart, but their main diet should also include quality flake or pellet food. Origin Heros notatus originate from South America. They are mostly found in the Amazon River basins. Sexing Banded cichlids are difficult to sex but the male usually has a slightly higher coloration. Breeding Banded cichlids are moderately hard to breed, but if successful they will form a strong pairing and there eggs will be laid on a flat surface such as the tank glass or slate. Both parents will tend the eggs which should hatch after 60-70 hours. Lifespan If kept correctly Heros notatus should live for just over 10 years. Short description The common name for Heros notatus is the Banded Cichlid and they are sometimes classed as Severums. There are many color variations and are ideal tank mates for the more aggressive cichlids. Picture Bought by aqua-fish.net from jjphoto.dk.