Cichlid Species

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Necromancer4 replied the topic: Re:Cichlid Species

Scientific name: Parachromis motaguensis


Common name: Red tiger mota, RTM, Motagua cichlid




General information:

RTMs prefer water in the 7-8 ph range and a temperature between 20-28 degrees celcius. Their diet should include soft rayed fish a quality pellet as a staple krill and fish meat. motas are not a community fish and are very aggressive care should be taken when introducing this species into an establish tank.


Size:

Male motas grow up to 12 inches while the females grow to between 8-10 inches

Lifespan:

10+ years


Origin:

The RTM is native to Central America from Honduras and the Atlantic slope of Guatamala and El Salvador

Tankmates:

Tank mates could include silver dollars, tinfoil barbs, plecos, and other larger similarly aggressive cichlids as long as PLENTY of space is given. The mota like all others of the parachromis species is equipped with pseudocanine's. Combine these with the males explosive, ferocious, quick attacks, bad temper, and you have yourself a dangerous fish capable of dispatching tank mates with ease.





Tank Size:

For a single specimen a 75 us gallon tank is recommended. For a breeding pair a tank of 125 gallons is a most and a 180 us gallon if tankmates are introduced.

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Necromancer4 replied the topic: Re:Cichlid Species

Scientific name: Herichthys cyanoguttatus


Common name: Texas cichlid, Rio Grande cichlid, Pearl cichlid



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General information:

The texas cichlid prefer water in the 6.5-7.5 ph range and a temperature between 20-25 degrees celcius. Their diet should include a quality pellet as a staple and large chunk foods such as cut up beef heart, crickets and earthworms. The adult Texas Cichlid is not a community fish. As a juvenile this fish is a wimp. It can be kept with barbs but not any other juvenile cichlids. A Jaguar juvenile will kill a juvenile Texas Cichlid. Once they are older, reaching about 5 or 6 inches, they become the threat. Some of them do great in a community tank and other are terrors(depends on the personality of each infividual fish). There are also a couple of variation to the texas cichlid like the green texas (Herichthys carpintis) and the red texas which is spawned form Herichthys and Amphilophus parents.
the texas cichlid is also used to create flowerhorns when mixed with various other species.




Size:

Texas cichlids(males) grow up to 12 inches in lenght while the females generally a little smaller

Lifespan:

10-15 years


Origin:

The texas cichlid is native to Southern Texas and Northern Mexico. the texaas cichlid is also the only cichlid that is native to North America

Tankmates:

In general the texas cichlid can be kept with other large aquarium fishes such as tinfoil barbs, silver dollars, oscars, jack dempseys, jaguars and other larger South American cichlids.





Tank Size:

For a single specimen a 55 us gallon tank is recommended. For a breeding pair a tank of 100 gallons is a most and a 125 us gallon if tankmates are introduced.

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Necromancer4 replied the topic: Re:Cichlid Species

Scientific name: Vieja maculicauda


Common name: Black belt cichlid



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General information:

Black belts are omnivores that feed primarily on detrius containing seeds, fruits and plant matter in the wild. In an aquarium they can be fed a pellet based food with vegetables(lettuce, spinach, vegetable flake foods) and fruits as a supplement. Black belts prefers water with a ph value of 6-7 and a temperature of 26-29 degrees celcius. Though they can be aggressive and are not considered a community fish, the Black Belt Cichlid can be docile or aggressive depending on the size of the tank you provide them with. If you provide with a very large tank, 120 gallons or bigger, they can be kept with larger fish that have the same temperament. In aquariums with hundreds of gallons they are a lot less aggressive.


Size:

Male black belts grow up to 12 inches while the females grow to between 7-9 inches

Lifespan:

7-8 years

Origin:

The black belt is native to the calm pools and backwaters of Southern Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Costa Rica

Tankmates:

Tank mates could include other Central and South American cichlids of a similar temperament, such as jaguars, jack dempsey, oscars, and green terrors as long as there is plenty of room. Aquariums 120 gallons or more can work well with these groupings.



Tank Size:

For a single specimen a 55 us gallon tank is recommended. For a breeding pair a tank of 90 us gallons is a must and a 120 us gallon if tankmates are introduced.

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Necromancer4 replied the topic: Re:Cichlid Species

Scientific name: Cichlasoma tetracanthus



Common name: cuban cichlid





General information:

Cuban cichlids accept most food types and should be feed a varied diet containing meaty food. Cuban cichlids will usually accept cichlid pellets and flakes. They prefer water with a ph in the 7-8 range and a temperature of 24-30 degrees celcius. In the aquarium the decor should include rocks and driftwood with hiding places large enough for them to enter. There should also be open swiomming areas for them to swim in. Plants should be hardy and of the floating varieety like java ferns. Plants are not a neccessity but are recommended. Also the tank should be decoreated to have natural boundries for these cichlids. They are also large waste producer so the tank should be well filtered with lots of aeration.

Size:

Cubans grow up to 10 inches

Lifespan:

7-8 years

Origin:

As the name suggests, the Cuban cichlid is native to Cuba. It inhabits rivers and lakes and can often be found close to dense vegetation.

Tankmates:

The Cuban cichlid is best kept with other large Central American cichlids such as jags, oscars, jack dempseys and large catfish/plecos.



Tank Size:

For a single specimen a 55 us gallon tank is recommended. For a breeding pair a tank of 75 us gallons is a must and over 100 us gallon if tankmates are introduced.

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Necromancer4 replied the topic: Re:Cichlid Species

Scientific name: Amphilophus robertsoni



Common name: False firemouth, Robertson cichlid, turquoise cichlid, blue sifter.





General information:


The robertsoni cichlid is an omonivour does well with a varied diet of meat and vegetables. They prefers to eat food from the bottom of the tank if the substrate is small enough to "sift".For water they like a ph in the 7.1-8.1 range and a temperature between 21-27 degrees celcius. This substrate sifting cichlid is ideal for a mildly aggressive, community tanks. Mature males will show a bit more blue 'spangling' iridescence than the females, and have longer, trailing anal and dorsal fins. Sand substrates will be appreciated. Be careful - this cichlid does NOT tolerate other, non-paired members of it's own species very well, unless stocked in very large, 300 gallon (or larger) sized tanks.


Size:

Robertsoni cichlids grow up to 10 inches in lenght.

Lifespan:

9 years

Origin:
Robertsonis are found in rivers and lakes on the Atlantic slope from Mexico (Coatzacoalcos River) to Honduras.. They inhabit the lower and middle sections of rivers in slower moving waters.

Tankmates:

Robertsonis are best housed with othermildly aggressive fish with similar water parameters. Multiple unpaired robertsoni Cichlids will fight or harass one another to death.





Tank Size:

For a single specimen a 30 us gallon tank is recommended. For a breeding pair a tank of 55 us gallons is a must and a 75 us gallon if tankmates are introduced.

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Necromancer4 replied the topic: Re:Cichlid Species

Scientific name: Nandopsis haitiensis



Common name: Odo cichlid, black nasty




General information:


Of all the comon names given to fish the black nasty is one of the few that actually live up to their reputation. This is an extremly aggressive cichlid that really does not play well with others. they prefer water in the 7.5-8.0 ph range and a temperature of 25-30 degrees celcius. they are omnivors that do well on quality pellets and insects and worms as treats.

Size:

A male nasty can grow to anywhere between 14-18 inches in length

Lifespan:

10+ years

Origin:

The black nasty originates in Haiti and the Domincan Republic


Tankmates:

Black nasties are best kept as individual wet pets. They are highly aggressive ferocious species that do not mix well with others with a community tank setting. if tankmates are intoduced they should be a large robust species that can stand their ground.




Tank Size:

For a single specimen a 90 us gallon tank is recommended. If tankmates are intoduced a 180 us gallon tank is the minimum.

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Scientific name: Parachromis friedrichsthalli




Common name: Freddy Cichlid, Yellow-Jacket cichlid







General information:

the freddy is a piscivore who in the wild feeds on small fish an invertebrates. in the aquarium they should have a varied diet of pellets live, frozen or freeze dried foods. the water preference is with a ph value of between 7-7.8 and a temperature of 72-80 degrees.


Size:

A male freddy grows to about 12 inches while the female to about 10 inches

Lifespan:

10 years+

Origin:

The freddy is native to Central America


Tankmates:

Even though the freddy is not as aggressive as its larger cousins the jaguar or the dovii it can still hold it own in a semi aggressive tank. on the aggro scale the freddy rates the same as a texas cichlid, the green terror or the jack dempsey.




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For a single specimen a 55 us gallon tank is recommended. If tankmates are intoduced a 90 us gallon tank is the needed.

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Scientific name: Parachromis dovii




Common name: Wolf Cichlid, Dow's cichlid ,dovii




General information:

The dovii is the definition of all that is cichlid. These monsters are by far the most belligerent of all cichlids and lets nothing stand in its way. Fully mature male dovii reach sizes of up too 28 inches of pure attitude and ferocity while females are grow roughly 15 inches. The male dovii is considered to be one of the 3 most aggressive of all cichlids. they like the water with a ph in the 7-8 range and a temperature between 74-84 degrees Fahrenheit. their diet should consist mainly of a top quality pellets, krill and fish meat, and live foods.

Size:

Males to 22-28 inches, females to 14-16 inches


Lifespan:

15 years+

Origin:

The dovii is native to Central America, such as Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua.

Tankmates:

Dovii do not make good tankmates for any other species of fish, including other dovii. They be kept as single species tanks. Even large catfish such as plecostomus species will be considered as food .




Tank Size:

For a single specimen a 125 us gallon tank is recommended. If breeding pair is kept a 180 us gallon tank is recomended and a divider should also be handy at all times.

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Scientific name: Cichlasoma Festae




Common name: Red Terror, Festa's Cichlid




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General information:

The red terror is rated in the top 5 for aggressive species that are kept in the aquarium. their size and attitude make them a formidable species and a force to be reckon with. they are omnivores and their diet should consist of a quality pellet, krill, earthworms. and also a vegetable supplement like algae waffers. they should also be fed live foods on occasion. they prefer a water temperature of 77-84 degrees farenheit and a ph level in the range of 7.0-8.0. their stiking colour make them one of the most beautifull of cichlids but due to their aggression they are not for the beginning hobbyist.


Size:

Males to 20 inches, females to 12 inches


Lifespan:

15 years+

Origin:

The red terror is native to south america.

Tankmates:

Festaes are not suitable for a community tank setting however is the tank is large enough and only one festae is introduced hardy dithers such as tinfoil barbs, plecos and silver dollars. these fish are extremly aggressive toward everyone and care should be taken if you do plan on tankmates for your festae.




Tank Size:

For a single specimen a 120 us gallon tank is recommended. If breeding pair is kept a 120 us gallon tank is recomended and a divider should also be handy at all times. if a single specemen is lept with tankmate then a 180 us gallon tank is needed and care should be taken for aggression when the terror matures.

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