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Synspilus for Sale
Also call a Synspilum Cichlid.    
This page lists the Synspilus for sale at our online store. This is a gorgeous but rather aggressive Cichlid. Many aquarists think this is the most beautiful Central American Cichlid.    
Synspilus for Sale    



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Redhead Cichlid 

also called a Synspilum
Pictures: none yet.
Click here to see several pictures.
Scientific name: Paraneetroplus synspilus




Redhead Cichlid 
Paraneetroplus  Synspilus 

Pictures: none yet.

Click here to see several pictures.

Scientific name: Paraneetroplus synspilus
30XY Vieja melanura Cichlids for sale  


Pictures: a young 1.5" long M
elanurus Cichlid. Click on each picture to see a bigger picture.
Like most, but not all, Cichlids this fish is aggressive and territorial. Tank mates must be strong and able to hold their own.
This fish is said to be a close relative to
Paraneetroplus synspilus.
Scientific name: Paraneetroplus melanurus. For a while this fish was misidentified as Vieja melanura and several other names.



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Comments: These are awesome fish with great coloring. Many aquarists think this is the most beautiful Central American Cichlid.

Origin: The ancestors of the Redhead came from Mexico. But now they live in aquariums all over the world. 

Maximum Size: In aquariums, they are able to grow to be about 14" long.

Behaviors: Redheads are usually aggressive but not as aggressive as the most aggressive Cichlids.

Compatibility: These fish do best with similar Cichlid species plus perhaps a Pictus Catfish and a Pleco. Click here to read more about compatible groups of pet fish.

Temperature: Redheads live best from about 75 to 80-degrees F. with 78 being perhaps ideal. Click here to learn about aquarium temperature, aquarium thermometers, and aquarium heaters.

Feeding: Premium Fish Food Pellets is the best food for Cichlids to eat. It's best to feed them small pellets when young, then gradually increase of the pellets as the size of the fish increases. Click here to learn more about and shop online for premium fish foods.

Water Conditions: These fish can adapt to most types of water, and so as usual it's best not to try to change the pH or hardness of the water. Click here for a lot more information about aquarium water conditions.

Aquarium Size: Redheads will eventually need to live in an aquarium with at least 150-gallons of water, but of course bigger is better.

Decor: Redheads do not need gravel, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water. Click here for more about aquarium gravel.

Live plants are beautiful and improve the water quality, but Cichlids like these Redheads will dig up any plants that may be in the tank.

Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended. Most 80-gallon aquariums have room along the back for two Penguin 350B Filters, and this is sort of the minimum set up for Redheads. Better is a 120, 150, or 200-gallon aquarium with as many Penguin 350B Filters as will fit across the back. Click here to learn more about aquarium filters.

The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range. Click here to learn more about using Lava Rocks in aquariums.

Life Span: Redheads can live for several years. Keep the water conditions excellent and feed them premium foods, and they'll most likely live for many years and may breed to produce the next generation of fish for your aquarium.

Gender: The males start to get larger and more colorful, while the females stay duller and smaller.

Breeding: The male and female work together to clean and prepare a place, which is usually in a back corner on the bottom of the aquarium. The Redhead female will then lay her eggs there. The male and female then ferociously guard the eggs and babies, after they hatch. Click here for a lot more about breeding various tropical fish in aquariums.

Popularity: The Redheads have been a popular aquarium fish for may years.

Names: Their scientific name is Paraneetroplus synspilus.

Variations: Redheads occur over a wide geographic area, and their coloration varies from place to place.

Click here for a lot more information about keeping and caring for Redheads, including a picture gallery.

We hope you've enjoyed reading these comments.

DrTom - 02/25/2015

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