Wolf Cichlid

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Wolf Cichlid (Dovi)

General Background

The typical African Cichlid reaches around 5 inches in length, while the Wolf Cichlid (Dovi) – native to Central America – dwarfs its cousins at a whopping twenty or more inches.

 

In their native environment, they form an essential part of the food chain and are a sought-after sport fish as well.

 

Suitable for the experienced enthusiast interested in an apex predator, the Wolf Cichlid requires a lot of space. The minimum tank size for one fish is 100 gallons, and it’s seldom advisable to house more than one breeding pair per tank.

 

Why keep such a vicious fish?

 

The markings are attractive, and the fish has iridescent skin that picks up light well. There are several variations, including the Red Dovi. Instead of the usual blue spots, the Gold or Red Dovi has gold or iridescent red spots.

 

This variation looks particularly appealing because of the low pigmentation level of the underlying scales. It is, however, a type that is rare because it’s typically not found in nature. Nevertheless, expert breeders may be able to produce these variations through careful breeding.

 

For most people, the thrill of having a supreme predatory fish is enough. Any Wolf Cichlid (Dovi) will present a worthy challenge for an experienced fish enthusiast. 

Tankmates 

The Wolf Cichlid (Dovi) views most tankmates as food. It is a predator by nature and will eat most fish that enter its domain. This aggression may extend to members of its own species, mainly when breeding.

 

It’s safest to keep these fish alone or in breeding pairs.

Feeds  

This fish is a predator and will hunt and eat any other type of fish you add to the aquarium. It prefers live bait, but you can train it to accept frozen food and some freeze-dried meat.

FAQ

What is the meanest Cichlid?

The Wolf Cichlid (Dovi), or Parachromis, is a beautiful fish, but its looks can be deceiving. This predator, native to Central America, does not play well with others. It is best kept alone or in breeding pairs and may even eat a rival Dovi it perceives to be weaker than itself.

How fast do Wolf Cichlids grow?

At around one inch a month, growth is quick until the Wolf Cichlid Dovi reaches about twelve inches. After that, it slows, but the fish will grow to be over twenty inches long, depending on age and environmental conditions.

 

 

DOA Policy

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 but  shipping 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.

Shipping Policy

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.

FAQ

"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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