Dicrossus filamentosus

Dicrossus filamentosus
Checkerboard Cichlid
A big-personality cichlid in a little, colorful package, Dicrossus filamentosus has the looks and personality to charm aquarists that may not have the tankspace to house its larger cousins. A master fishkeeper outlines the aquarium care necessary to raise and breed the checkerboard dwarf cichlid.

Dwarf cichlids from South America have enjoyed undiminished popularity among hobbyists all over the world for many years. This is largely related to their small size, which does not require their keepers to possess huge aquaria. Other benefits to these fish are their attractive appearance, interesting repertoire of behaviors, and mode of reproduction. Species of the genus Dicrossus may not be as popular as Apistogramma species, but I can assure you that they are equally interesting and beautiful.

Dicrossus filamentosus (Ladiges 1958) was originally placed in the genus Crenicara, which consisted of all known cichlids featuring a checkerboard-like pattern on their bodies. In 1990 Kullander created the genus Dicrossus to separate the small, slender species from the bigger, deep-bodied ones, which he left in the genus Crenicara.

A characteristic pattern on the body of these dwarf cichlids is two rows of square black spots, not unlike a checkerboard, that run along the center of the flank and below the dorsal fin. Depending on the mood of the fish, the lower row of spots can expand, forming a stripe that runs from the tip of the snout to the base of the caudal fin, while the row above it (below the dorsal fin) can disappear. The body of these attractive cichlids is slender, elongated, and copper-colored, the snout is blunt, and the mouth small.

以身上黑色点纹的特征而得其命“棋盘”,外表上三个主要品种的棋盘短鲷都各有其明显特色,区分的时候还是相当容易的。棋盘短鲷不但色泽上艳丽夺目,其独特“突停”的泳姿更显其幽雅风格。 极其夺目的外表和出众的体型使皇冠棋盘荣登“短鲷之王”的美誉