Species name: Crenicichla lacustris
Synonym: Crenicichla biocellata, Crenicichla dorsocellata, Cycla lacustris
Order: Perciformes (perch-likes)
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
Max. size: 30 cm / 12 inches
Temperament: Aggressive predatory fish. More aggressive towards specimens of the own species and similar fishes.
Company: Other fish that is to big to be consider food, For example medium to large south American Cichlids, catfishes.
Water parameters: pH 6.5-7.0, temperature 22-25°C / 72 - 77° F
Aquarium setup: . Large aquariums are required for this relatively large species. 150-180 G is recommend for adult fishes. Aquarium should contain a lot of long narrow hiding places which is best created with the use of PVC Pipes. One to three inch diameter PVC piping cut into 6-8 inch lengths, or somewhat larger than the fish you are keeping works well. There should be at least one pipe/hiding place per fish, however more is preferable. Since this is a large predatory fish good circulation and regular water changes of 25- 40% is strongly recommended.