The Topaz Cichlid is an endangered species of fish originally hailing from Central American waters (specifically Costa Rica and Panama). On average, the Cichlid tends to grow up to around 10 centimeters in length. The males tend to be bigger than the females with more pointed fins, while the females have dark spots on their dorsal fins. However, males and females share a color scheme, with their scales becoming a vivid yellow with blue fins and eyes.
Behavior-wise, Topaz Cichlid (Cryptoheros Sp.) are very friendly with their owners but are highly aggressive towards any other breeds of fish sharing the tank. Therefore, you’ll want to organize their aquarium to have plenty of places for other fish to hide.
Optimal tank set-up for the Cichlid’s survival involves creating a freshwater environment with a pH value between 7.0 and 8.5. The minimum tank size for them to live comfortably is about 29 gallons, and you should keep the water temperature at around 75°F (approximately 23°C). If given adequate care, Topaz Cichlids can easily live up to ten years.
Topaz Cichlid (Cryptoheros Sp.) is not a community-oriented species of fish; if you plan on owning a few for yourself, you shouldn’t be surprised when they start attacking their tankmates (or even each other). However, if you’d like to keep a semblance of peace within the tank, then it’s essential that you only pick species that are big enough to defend themselves.
A good rule of thumb is to keep your Topaz Cichlid in a tank with other similarly sized Central American Cichlids such as the Oscar or Firemouth. If that’s not possible, but you still plan on having multiple Topaz, make sure that tank is large (around 20 gallons) and has plenty of places where fish can hide if they’re feeling threatened.
Topaz Cichlids are not picky eaters. Feed them flakes, pellets, frozen, or live food (such as bloodworms) either once or twice a day, and they’re sure to remain healthy.
Are Topaz Cichlids a hardy species?
Yes! While there’s an optimal temperature and pH to keep their environment healthy to ensure long-term survivability, the Topaz Cichlid (Cryptohero Sp.) is capable of living for an extended time in less than ideal situations.
How many Topaz Cichlid (Cryptoheros Sp.) should be in one tank?
Topaz are very territorial and aggressive. How many you have at once depends on how large an aquarium they have to play around in. For smaller tanks, try not to get more than two. For larger tanks, no more than eight.
While this is a rare occurrence, it can and will happen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that every one will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fish arrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag within 2 hours of the delivery time of your fish. We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem.
We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We can replace fish butshipping costs is the responsibilityof the buyer.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures,within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolve the issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
Most Shipments will be 2-day unless otherwise noted. We shipfish on Mondays and Tuesdays only (excluding holidays) to ensure fish arrive before weekends. This allows us to completely prepare the fish for shipping andensure they are healthy prior to arriving at your door. All fish will be shipped with oxygenated water and specific additives in the water to ensurethey maintain their health and stability during shipment. Depending on the species of fish and current weather conditions, the fish may arrive with a heat pack or ice pack to maintain the optimal temperature which further ensures thehealth and safety of your fish. All costs of shipping (postage, packaging,heat/ice packs, etc.) are included in the Shipping fee. We ship to only thecontinental United States and are unable to ship to P.O. boxes, must bephysical address.
"The fish I received do not look like the fish in thepicture. Why is this?"
- We typically take photographs of one or two fish when we initially get them in. Since we have a large quantity of most of the various species of fish, it would be understandably impossible to provide a picture ofevery individual fish with a specific species. For some of our more rare orlarger fish, the picture listed may be the actual fish that you are receiving.If this is the case, it will be designated by ?WYSIWYG?, meaning ?what you see,is what you get?.
"What happens if my fish arrive dead?"
- While this is a rare occurrence, it can and willhappen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that everyone will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fisharrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag.We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem. We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We will reship any replacement fish at the buyer's expense.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures, within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolvethe issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
"What if I'm not home when the fish arrive?"
- We will always provide you with a tracking number. While the fish are packaged to survive about 72+ hours within the shipping containers, we do ask that you make arrangements to arrive home to inspect your fish as soon as possible after they are delivered to your home. Itis always suggested to provide an area for the delivery person to place the boxthat is out of direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
"What do I do with my fish once I've unpacked them?"
- Like you would with any new fish, let the entire bag float in your tank for 15-30 minutes. This allows the temperature withinthe bag to adjust to the same as your tank and will reduce temperature shock onthe fish. After this time, you can add all of the fish and water that is in thebag into your tank. The products used within the water for shipping will notharm any existing fish within your tank and actually makes the transition foryour new fish a bit easier. After this, expect your new fish to take a few daysto become fully adjusted, this includes hiding, floating at the top, sinking tothe bottom, and not eating. After a few days, your new fish should be acting aswimming like they normally would. At this point, enjoy your aquarium!
"I want to return my new fish because x,y,z?"
- Unfortunately, we are unable to accept returns.We do recommend contacting us via email with yourorder number and as much information as possible. We will try to assist you inresolving whatever the issue may be.
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