Dicrossus Filamentosa AKA. Chicken Hawks !

Professor Myers

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Well I finally got a few more Filamentosas. They only had 6 left, but they all shipped well, and came right out of the box Cocky as all Hell ! :p

I've always believed they were the perfect Dwarf Cichlid for planted tanks due to their size, and elaborate features. They're too small to be a threat to anyone, but once acclimated with lots of hidey holes they strut around like Cassius Clay. :D

I've had good luck breeding these in the past, so hopefully I may be able to offer some up ? we'll see... Like bumble bee shrimp they have a way of poking their heads out at the most comical or opportune moment. The punchline is everything !!!` :cool: I had a breeding pair of these torment every bully in the tank till I finally gave them their own breeding tank before someone ran out of patience...;)

FTR. they came from Ken Davis at FishFarmUSA, and for their diminutive proportions They're Very Robust little suckers !!!
 

Sintei

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Do you keep any shrimps with them? And you say they tormented other fish? What kind of fish?
 

Professor Myers

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Shrimp ? Absolutely !!!

At Least 80 in there with them. Try to understand A Cardinal Tetra could Whup Em in a fair fight. They only "Think" they're John Holmes. :p

My last breeders were harrassing Adult Discus, and Festivums. When they started going head to head with the Festivums they were moved for their own saftey, and breeding purposes. Those Festivums were particularly aggressive, and had already hammered some Convict Cichlids. Like I said "Chicken Hawks" ! ;) As small as they are they are 100% attitude. I just admire their Tenacity, and they look good doing it ! :cool: A cichlid is a Cichlid...If It fits in their mouth it's food ! and once they start breeding interpersonal skills fly right out the window... :eek: LOL. They're feisty little buggers, they're just too small to be any real threat to anyone but themselves. This makes them a shoe in for most planted communities. Prof M
 

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I have some young looking dicrossus right now. No idea what species as the LFs just called them "checkerboard" cichlids. I agree, they're puny little things. Except mine seem to know it to boot. XD

Well, my other fsh are about the same size so no big deals I guess.