All translations into English by Matthias Naumann, Germany and Bill Kohler, Ohio-USA
The genus Chapalichthys includes three species: While the status of Chapalichthys encaustus as a species is certain, it is not clear yet whether Chapalichthys pardalis and Chapalichthys peraticus are actually one species or two species.
The fish are pleasantly problem free to keep. They have a relatively high body and a small head. The shape and the size of the males’ dorsal fin is similar to those of Xenoophorus captivus and Ameca splendens; they also have a yellow seam at the edge of the caudal fin . Temperatures between 18 Â°C and 24 Â°C are preferred, daily and seasonal variation is beneficial.
The feeding of Chapalichthys is without problems. Flakes, frozen and live-food are accepted, but the diet should include vegetables to some extent. This can be done by including scalded spinach in the diet of the fish. Likewise there should be algae in the aquarium, which represent an additional source of food.
Breeding over several generations is not difficult, although the fish are often cannibals. With community tanks, the strong aggressiveness of Chapalichthys towards smaller fish must be considered.