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Species Chaetobranchus semifasciatus


Scientific classification
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Chordata
Class : Actinopterygii
Order : Perciformes
Suborder : Labroidei
Family : Cichlidae
Sub Family : Astronotinae
Genus : Chaetobranchopsis
Scientific Name : Chaetobranchus semifasciatus
Common Name : Chaetobranchus semifasciatus
Geo Origin : AMERICA,South America,Amazon River basin, along the Amazon-Solimões River from Tabatinga to Óbidos, Brazil    
Diet : vegetarian
Gender Differences : Mono morphic
Breeding : Substrate Spawner
Temperament : Peaceful
Con specific Temperament : Mildly Aggressive
Standard Length : 8"
Total Length : 10.5"
Water Hardness: Soft, ph range: 6-7, dh Range: 1-15
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C. semifasciatus is a large sized fish with a standard length of 8 " and total length of 10.5 ".


C. semifasciatus was first described by Steindachner in 1875, and has been placed in genus Chaetobranchus.


Appears to be a vegetarian in nature

Distribution & Habitat:

C. semifasciatus is found in South America: Amazon River basin, along the Amazons River from Abating to Bids, Brazil.


C. semifasciatus is vegetarian in nature and should be fed accordingly


Not much information is available on its being kept in aquariums. However as it is a large fish a tank of about 500 lit can be used.


C. semifasciatus is monomorphic i.e males and females look alike and eggs are laid on substrate.




  Sandeep Raghuvanshi
Picture Credits   Wikipdeia and other sources which have releases under GNU, unless specifically credited

Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2011.FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication., ( 10/2013 )

Kullander, S.O., 2003. Cichlidae (Cichlids). p. 605-654. In R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander and C.J. Ferraris, Jr. (eds.) Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS, Brasil