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The Green Chromide has a green, greenish brown, or gold tinted oval shaped body with six dark vertical bars on the body (excluding those on the head and caudal peduncle). Gold spots are distributed over the body of the fish, primarily on the upper half.
Compared to other cichlid species, the Green Chromide keeps a “slender” body profile. Although there is no sure visible way to determine the sex of Green Chromides; males that are the same age as females tend to be larger and during breeding, the males develop more intense colors and black occipital stripes between the eye and opercle. Females will develop a reddish, swollen, modified ovipositor during breeding.
- Scientific Name: Etroplus suratensis
- Minimum Tank Size: 100 gallons
- Care Level: Moderate
- Temperament: Relatively Peaceful with similar sized fish
- Water Conditions: 72°F-80°F° F, KH 10-25, pH 7.0-8.0
- Max. Size: 16 inches
- Color Form: Green, Yellow, Brown
- Diet: Carnivorous
- Origin: Sri Lanka
- Family: Cichlidae