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Texas Cichlid - Herichthys cyanoguttatus - Small

Texas Cichlid – Herichthys cyanoguttatus – Small


The Texas Cichlid ( Herichthys cyanoguttatus ) is one of the most common and popular of the large Central American Cichlids. Their bodies are covered with metallic blue spots (as opposed to the smaller; more turquoise-green speckles on the closely related Pearlscale Cichlid; H. carpintis ). These cichlids grow very large and territorial and should not be kept with similar fish or in a small aquarium. These fish are omnivorous – eating both meaty foods and plant matter – but despite their boisterous temperaments; they eat more vegetation than meaty foods. Their diet should include plenty of plant-based foods with meaty fresh or frozen foods as a supplement only.

Quetzal Cichlid - Vieja synspila

Quetzal Cichlid – Vieja synspila


Formerly referred to as Amphilophus synspilum ; this is a very large and somewhat aggressive cichlid for the home aquarium. Males develop deep red coloration on their face and gill region; as well as a large hump on their foreheads. Females are slightly more delicate in build; and have golden brown; black speckled bodies with varying amounts of red patching. Vieja cichlids are some of the more aggressive Central American cichlids. They grow large – especially adult males – and need a large aquarium with plenty of room and territory. The aquarium also needs ample filtration to handle the waste produced by the large fish. These fish are omnivores and should be fed a varied diet of meaty foods with some plant matter – appropriately-sized pellets (or flakes for small juveniles) can be supplemented with frozen and fresh foods on occassion.

Flowerhorn Hybrid Cichlid - Juvenile

Flowerhorn Hybrid Cichlid – Juvenile


Cichlasoma trimaculatus; Cichlasoma festae ; and the Jingang Blood Parrot are the three South American cichlids thought to be cross-bred to form what is known as the Flower Horn cichlid. This interesting looking cichlid has become quite popular amongst aquarists all over the world; and its popularity is only increasing. Coloration ranges from shades of purple to pink to red; with blue iridescent speckling and interesting black markings that often look like ”flowers” or Chinese characters. The shape of these markings are what make many Flower Horns so desirable. Another desirable quality is the size and shape of the nuchal hump; or the big bump on its head. The bigger the hump; it is said; the more luck the owner will have. Because of their genetic origins; the Flower Horn is a very aggressive and territorial fish. It is best to keep them by themselves. They require plenty of open swimming areas as well as decent hiding areas amongst rocks and driftwood. Feed them a variety of foods such as flake; pellet; and occasional frozen meaty foods. Please note : The fish pictured above is a representation of this variety. Due to genetic variations in hybrid species like this one; the fish you receive may have slightly different coloration than the one pictured. Call or email a livestock representative for more information.

Pearlscale Cichlid - Herichthys carpintis - Juvenile

Pearlscale Cichlid – Herichthys carpintis – Juvenile


Often confused with the Texas Cichlid (Herichthys cyanoguttatus ) ;  the Pearlscale Cichlid ( Herichthys carpintis ) has speckles that are smaller and appear more green; rather than blue like the Texas Cichlid. However; the Pearlscale shares a similar temperament. These fish are fine with other Central American cichlids; but they will not tolerate other Pearlscale or Texas cichlids. A large tank with ample swimming room and rocks for hiding is ideal. As for diet; this fish is actually an herbivore; so a good veggie flake; along with the occasional fresh vegetable matter will be a great diet. Every so often; some frozen meaty food would be ok; but not on a regular basis. This fish may develop a nuchal hump on its head as they mature.

Nicaragua Cichlid - Hypsophrys nicaraguensis - Small

Nicaragua Cichlid – Hypsophrys nicaraguensis – Small


The Nicaragua Cichlid ( Hypsophrys nicaraguensis ) is also known as the Macaw cichlid for its distinct coloration. It ranges from orange-pink to red-orange toward the back end; and beautiful blue-green on the front of the body. Fins are often very long and may be bright red in color. Females are slightly duller. This is a tough fish; so be sure you keep it with similarly aggressive fish. One established pair per tank is best; as males will fight. Tank decor can consist of rock and driftwood; plus plenty of open swimming area. Feed them a variety of foods; flake; pellet; frozen meaty foods; and fresh vegetable matter.

Pastel Tiger Cichlid - Amphilophus lyonsi

Pastel Tiger Cichlid – Amphilophus lyonsi


The Pastel Tiger Cichlid ( Amphilophus lyonsi ) is olive-green with a row of patches down each side. They develop red eyes and red in the fins and throat. As with other Amphilophus ; they are sandsifters and are best kept with a fine substrate. They may uproot any live plants or plant ornaments. Cichlids from the Amphilophus genus tend to be very aggressive and are best kept alone or in a very large tank with fish of a similar temperament (with extreme caution). They become territorial and their size and eating habits can also affect water quality. These fish are omnivores (eating both meaty foods and vegetable matter) but are more towards the carnivorous (meat-eater) end. They will eat both flakes (for very small fish) or appropriately-sized pellets as well as fresh and frozen meaty foods like beefheart; worms; krill; shrimp and similar foods.

Blue Congo Cichlid - Nanochromis parilus

Blue Congo Cichlid – Nanochromis parilus


The Blue Congo Cichlid ( Nanochromis parilus ) is a unique little dwarf cichlid from slow moving waters in the Congo. They have tan bodies with violet-blue iridescence. Their tail has a distinct striping pattern of blue and red on the bottom half; and may have yellow spots in the top half. Blue markings adorn the face and belly; and the anal fin is red with blue speckles towards the tail. This is a tough little species that will not tolerate others of its own species in a small territory. Keep them as a pair; unless your tank is very large. Other cichlids that are mild-tempered but tough may be housed with these fish. Feed them a variety of foods including frozen treats; flakes; and small pellets. Tank decor can consist of mostly rockwork; caves; driftwood; a soft substrate; and plants. This species is a substrate spawner.

Firemouth Cichlid - Thorichthys meeki - Small

Firemouth Cichlid – Thorichthys meeki – Small


This beautiful cichlid has a brilliant red throat; as its nickname would imply. The overall body color is a speckled silver with black markings. The elongated fins are trimmed in red and iridescent blue speckles. Firemouths can have a temperament as fiery as their name. Some sources refer to these fish as a more peaceful and some individuals may be more timid but most tend to be fairly bold and pugnacious. Use caution when keeping these fish with others as individual temperaments appear to vary greatly. They can become quite nippy during breeding. While they don’t achieve as large a size as many others; they can often hold their own in a tank with bigger cichlids. They prefer a tank with neutral pH and plenty of plant cover; and rockwork or driftwood for hiding. They tend to stay near the bottom of the tank. Feed them a variety of foods like flake and pellet as a staple diet and occasional frozen meaty foods and spirulina. Breeding Firemouth cichlids is known to be more slightly difficult. Finding a suitable pair is the challenge; but once established; the process comes naturally. They spawn on a smooth rock and both parents guard the eggs and fry. They will often dig pits in the gravel to shelter the free-swimming fry.

Salvin's Cichlid - Cichlasoma salvini - Small

Salvin’s Cichlid – Cichlasoma salvini – Small


This attractive cichlid is silvery-gold with black; horizontal; blotchy patches on the dorsal half; and a black stripe from the eye to the tail. Females develop red on their bellies; especially when mating; and males have iridescent blue-green spots particularly on the dorsal half. Other semi-aggressive cichlids make good tankmates; though this fish can become extremely aggressive when spawning. Use discretion when choosing tankmates if housing a pair of salvini. Feed them a variety of foods such as a hearty cichlid flake or pellet; as well as fresh vegetables. Tank decor can be basic rock or driftwood with plenty of hiding places and open swimming areas. Salvini are substrate spawners; and prefer a fine substrate.

T-Bar Cichlid - Cryptoheros sajica

T-Bar Cichlid – Cryptoheros sajica


A relatively peaceful; sometimes shy fish; the T-Bar Cichlid ( Cryptoheros sajica ) starts out looking rather drab; gray with a noticeable ”T” on its side. Adults; however; become stunningly beautiful; with an assortment of colors. Blue speckles adorn the body; while red and yellow highlight the fins. Eyes can be a turquoise or gold color. This fish should accept a flake or pellet food; as well as frozen meaty foods. Provide tank with small to fine gravel and hiding spots such as rocky caves or driftwood. This species should not be kept with A. nigrofasciatum or its relatives since they may interbreed. This fish can be quite aggressive when protecting its young. If you plan keeping a pair; make sure their tankmates are robust; tough fish. One T-bar works well in a S.A. community aquarium.
Thomas Riggson posted at 2011-9-27 Category: Freshwater Aquarium

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