Although a golden-orange variety of this species exists, the common name refers to the numerous orange spots that are distributed all over the body of the wild type. A blue-bodied form is also available. Unusually for a cichlid, the Orange Chromide is often found in brackish water in the wild.
- Western India and Sri Lanka.
- Up to 4in (10cm), but usually smaller.
- Generally peaceful.
- All foods accepted; vegetable component recommended.
- Well planted, but with open areas and a flat or rounded rock. Although medium-hard, neutral to alkaline freshwater is acceptable, the addition of a teaspoonful of good-quality marine salt to every 1 gallon (4.5 liters) is beneficial for fungus-free egg development, though not for general maintenance. Temperature range: 68-79 F (20-26 C); slightly higher for breeding.
- Eggs are laid on a precleaned site and defended by both parents who also care for fry and transfer them between pits excavated in the substratu