Xingu I Pike Cichlid (Crenicichla sp. ‘Xingu I’)
Orange Xingu Pike Cichlid is found in the fast-flowing, clear and rocky waters of Brazil’s Rio Xingu.
Commonly referred to in the hobby as a Xingu I (Roman numeral 1 signifying it as the first variant discovered and collected in the area; first exported to the U.S. in the late 1980s), the Orange Pike Cichlid gets its name from the river of its native environment as it is endemic to the Rio Xingu of the Amazon Basin in South America.
The Orange Pike Cichlid is one of the more colorful members of the Crenicichla genus and is a proud member of the Lugubris group (the largest members of the Crenicichla genus). As a juvenile, they have a bright orange coloration and are noticeably very active, curious, and peaceful; because of these traits the Orange Pike Cichlid is has gained immense popularity over the years.
Some suggested tank mates include large Geophagus species, medium to large Pleco species, true Parrot Cichlids, Lima Shovelnose Catfish, larger Oscars, and similar sized Peacock Bass.
Origin: Wild Brazil
Locale: Rio Xingu
Diet: Predator and fish eater. Can be weaned on to frozen and prepared feeds relatively easily
Adult Size: 12″
Recommended Tank Size: 120 gallons
Compatibility: Territorial and aggressive towards most tankmates. Best kept with other large, aggressive fish
Preferred Water Parameters
pH: 6.5 – 7.5