Practical Information About Keeping, Breeding and Buying Dwarf Cichlids
Laetacara curvicepsLaetacara curviceps are delightful South American dwarf cichlids. They are very peaceful, will not bother plants and adapt to a fairly wide range of water conditions. However, you must be careful in selecting their tank mates as they are easily bullied by more aggressive fish, even those that are much smaller. They are generally not picky eaters and appreciate planted tanks.
In my experience they are not aggressive breeders. By this I mean they don't aggressively stake out territories and throw their full energy into reproducing. Rather, they are more refined in their spawning and brood care. They are not difficult to breed but I suggest you give a pair their own tank of 10 or so gallons. Add a number of broad leaved plants as well as a thicket of java moss and some floating water sprite and they will soon be ready to spawn. Their eggs are usually laid on a leaf or upright structure. After two to three days the eggs hatch and the larval fry are moved to a place in the gravel that has been preselected. The exact place chosen will depend on the set up of the tank and some fish may move the larval fry several times before they become free swimming after another 5 to 7 days. The young can usually take newly hatched brine shrimp and with good care and frequent water changes you can raise quite a few from a single spawn.
Laetacara curviceps is one of several Laetacara species. All are small and make good aquarium inhabitants. Several different species can be found at times through specialty organizations like the American Cichlid Association or through the various sources listed in our Buying Fish section.
Laetacara curviceps can be found at times in some of the large chain stores so keep your eyes peeled.