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Belly Crawler Pike Cichlids – Adapted Predators

There are many specific groups of cichlids that develop fanatics and devotees in the hobby. Some species of cichlids just have something special that keeps bringing hobbyists back for more. Certainly one of those groups are the pike cichlids. The pike cichlid genus, Crenicichla, contains more than 100 species ranging in size from dwarf species of around 3 inches long to large predators that can easily exceed 16 inches in total length. These fish are found throughout South America from Colombia to Argentina. Pike cichlids have long, cylindrical bodies with large, wide mouths made for eating large prey. Even the dwarf species boast a healthy appetite for things that you would swear are too large for them to eat! Read More »