|Common name||Rainbow cichlid
|Scientific name||Herotilapia multispinosa|
|Size||Up to 5" (12.5cm)|
|Origin||Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama|
|Tank setup||A reasonable sized tank with rocks and wood for cover, and a few plants.|
|Compatibility||A fairly peaceful cichlid, it should not be mixed with overly aggressive companions.|
|Water chemistry||pH around neutral, medium hard|
|Feeding||Fairly omnivorous, with a preference for bloodworm, mosquito larvae, etc.|
|Sexing||Males tend to be more colourful with longer, more pointed fins|
|Breeding||Breeds very easily, laying a large number of eggs on a clean rock.
The fry are guided into pits where the parents guard them.|
The colour of these fish can change quite dramatically according to their mood. Aquarium bred specimens tend to lack
some of the brilliant colour of their wild caught relatives.