Scientific name: Vieja synspila Common name: Redhead cichlid Family: Cichlidae Usual size in fish tanks: 30 - 37 cm (11.81 - 14.57 inch) 0 14 Recommended pH range for the species: 7 - 8.1 Recommended water hardness (dGH): 8 - 21°N (142.86 - 375ppm) 0°C 32°F 30°C 86°F Recommended temperature: 25 - 28 °C (77 - 82.4°F) The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning Where the species comes from: Central America Temperament to its own species: peaceful Temperament toward other fish species: aggressive to smaller Usual place in the tank: Middle levels Food and feeding Not a fussy eater in the aquarium, cichlid pellets should be used for the staple diet along with some spirulina flake. For meaty foods, use prawns, mussels, and pieces of white fish. Origin Central America; Redhead cichlids are found in the waterways of Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala. Sexing The male will be larger than the female with more colouration. They will also have extended dorsal and anal fins whereas the females will be rounded. The males may also develop a nuchal hump when mature. Breeding The pair will clean their chosen site, usually a flat rock and then spawning should commence. At this time the male may be very aggressive towards the female. The eggs should hatch after 2-3 days and a few days later, the fry should be free swimming. At this stage, the fry will accept newly hatched brine shrimp but as they grow, they can be fed on crushed flake. Lifespan The expected life span for Redhead cichlid is 10 years. Short description If bogwood or other decor is added to the tank, ensure that it is firmly fixed as this fish will try to re-arranger it to suit. Only keep with other Central American cichlids as Vieja synspila can be aggressive. Picture Bought by aqua-fish.net from jjphoto.dk. 2 pictures were provided by Colin Bradbury! Another is from Bill Burton.