Vieja synspilum 5-7cm


Cichlid . Photo of parents

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Aquarium Level Middle - Top
Water Type Freshwater

The Vieja Synspilum, otherwise known as the Redhead cichlid, synspilum cichlid, or vieja synspila, is one of many fish species belonging to the cichlid family that originally comes from Guatemala. Commenting on some species of fish, the Vieja synspilum (Redhead Cichlid) is native to the Amazon river basin in South America and can be found in Bolivia, Brazil, Peru, and Venezuela as well as the coastal Atlantic waters of Para? state in northern Brazil. This fish is also commonly called a red-headed cichlid or redhead fish, but should not be confused with other types of cichlids such as the red devil cichlid or the copper-red cichlid.Reaching around 35 cm in length, the Vieja Synspilum or Redhead Cichlid (also commonly known as the Golden Cichlid) is one of the most stunning cichlids available in the aquarium trade today. Its bright golden coloration and its ease of care make it a favorite among aquarium enthusiasts and hobbyists alike. However, despite its popularity, the Redhead Cichlid remains shrouded in confusion when it comes to its natural habitat and proper care requirements in captivity. The redhead cichlid is a tropical freshwater fish that gets its name from its coloring. It is referred to by many names, including redheaded hermit, redstripe hermit, or simply redstriped cichlid. The scientific name of the Vieja synspilum means putting two together, referring to how it behaves while feeding. Vieja synspilum (also known as redhead cichlid, Mexican Viejo, ojo de liebre, or yellow-eyed pleco) is a beautiful South American freshwater fish. It is not an aggressive fish and can be kept in community aquariums with other non-aggressive fishes of similar size. An average adult can reach about 35 cm in length and live for about 7 years. This fish should be kept in at least 120 gallon tanks but larger tanks are preferred to give space for swimming. They originate from the Rio Orinoco river basin area in Venezuela and Colombia. They inhabit slow-moving waters of rivers and flooded forests up to 6 meters deep. The temperature should range between 22–28°C (72–82°F). These fish prefer soft acidic water conditions and need plenty of hiding places when young.

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Shipping Policy

We ship our fish with DX, the only courier in the United Kingdom who are licensed to ship fish and other livestock by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

We can guarantee next-day delivery for £32 between Monday and Thursday for orders placed before 1pm and for boxes up to 25kg.

We are able to ship on Friday for a Saturday arrival, but this service will cost £45.

Please note that we will not send a fish that day if overnight temperatures are due to be lower than 6 degrees Celsius.

Some of the fish we stock can be sexed and are sold in a pair of 1 male and 1 female. Please bear in mind, however, that we attempt to match them correctly to the best of our anatomic knowledge but there can be some mistakes, as it is not always guaranteed that the fish will be oppositely sexed.

All our fish are packed in double thickness bags for their safety and security.

The bags are then packed into a polystyrene box with a 40h heat pack and a cardboard outer.

After a shipping date is agreed upon, it is the responsibility of the buyer to be at home when the package arrives.

Once the fish arrive it is your responsibility to acclimatise and then quarantine them using the dripping method. All fish leave our care in good health.

International Shipping

On account of stringent regulations and certificates surrounding the shipping of live fish reintroduced following the United Kingdom’s (UK) exit from the European Union (EU) in 2016, Aquarium-Fish Ltd are no longer able to ship to the EU.

However, we are able to ship anywhere else in the world. Please get in touch if you reside outside the UK and are interested in making a purchase to discuss shipping costs and times.



Dead on Arrival (DOA)

Policy In the unfortunate but unlikely event of your livestock arriving dead we offer a fairly standard common-sense DOA policy, standard for the tropical fishkeeping hobby.

In the event that a fish is DOA, you should contact us within 2 hours of arrival. Failure to meet this timeline will void the warranty with no exceptions.

When contacting us following a DOA, please ensure you send us a video and 3 photos of the fish in the unopened sealed bag it was originally packaged in.

Please take the time to ensure that you send us clear photos. Following a DOA, we will apply the credit of the fish (Excluding shipping) towards a future purchase.

If you pay the shipping again then we can discuss sending you a replacement, or hold the total credit for a future purchase.

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