Herichthys pearsei

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Herichthys pearsei, names include 'Cichlasoma ' 'exCichlasoma pearsei', also seen it called 'vieja' in some older things
Common name(s): Pearse Cichlid, Pantano cichlid


Pictured is a large adult female apx. 14" raised in a 210g tank

Origin: Central America, found in the water ways of Guatemala and Mexico

Size and sexing: Very large bodied with males attaining sizes of 16" and females at 14". Males may also develop a nuchal hump. Fish grows fast but does not seem to reach sexual maturity till about three years of age.

Food and feeding: Vegetable matter in its diet is very important. Even though this is a large bodied fish it has a small mouth and any foods need to be appropriately sized. Most commercial pellets work fine as a staple but algae or plant based types a better choice. Some will feed peas (shelled) along with romaine lettuce.

General: As mentioned this is a BIG bodied fish and need enough space to flourish. Absolute minimum to house one would be 75 gallon (48" x18" footprint) with a very heavy maintenance routine set in place. I would recommend a larger tank of at least 125 gallon to raise this fish successfully. High water quality conditions are a must since these fish are very susceptible to hole in the head disease. Pearsei are generally peaceful and able to be kept with smaller fish quite successfully.

Personal info on my pearsei: My female is named Porkchop due to her eating habits. Very greedy fish, that likes to eat. She is very social like an Oscar fish in many respects. She begs for food and will at times scrape her teeth on the front glass of the tank to get my attention. Porkchop is about 14" and Ive had her about 3 years and obtained her from a friend at 5". She originally was purchased from Gage at Cichlid Connection. Pearsei can look different depending on catch location. I believe mine was called a 'yellow/red fin' type. Porkchop enjoys life in a 210g community tank with tankmates that include: P. regani x1, P. heterospilus x1, Red Bay Snook x1, Hoplo cat x1, Rhino Pleco x1, Bichirs: Delhezi x1, weeksii x1
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Further info:

As to size, this picture is the BIGGEST one I have ever seen, said to be 18"

Not my picture, taken from here: www.arowanafishtalk.com/forums/showthread.php?39710-Vieja-pearsei

Regarding difference in catch location please notice "Rio Lacanjah" Pearsei with an elongated appearance.

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Here a juvie for comparison. A little under 3 inches
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Frank, thank you for adding that pic. I have no 'juvenile' pics of mine since I got her at 5".
This is one of her from the person I got her from. You can see her in the lower left corner
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No prob david
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Not sure if this is against the rules... question regarding the catch location "rio lacanjah"... can the differences be seen when they are juvies ?
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daddadoo7 wrote: Not sure if this is against the rules... question regarding the catch location "rio lacanjah"... can the differences be seen when they are juvies ?

I think as long as it is on subject it should not be an issue.

I have never even seen one available for sale. I have only seen them on YouTube video and pictures. That catch location (rio lacanjah) does have a different body shape and moth structure even though it is the same fish. I know not many people like it compared to the typical tall bodied yellow/red fin type usually sold, but to me it is the holy grail of pearsei. I would totally buy some if they became available as WC or F1's.

I really dont know what "rio lacanjah" pearsei would look like as juveniles.
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Wanted to add this info too:
For those who know me you know that there were 'other' pearsei before my little Porkchop came along... I will post some of those
Story here: www.oscarfishlover.com/forum/33-all-other-aquatic-chat/305743-the-perfect-porkchop-or-how-i-finally-got-my-pearsei

This was a WC male I had:


This was also a male I had at one point:

This one was mean and would go after other tankmates who got too close. I tried to introduce him to Porkchop who beat him up and had him cowering in the corner of the tank. :laugh: She knows what she likes and he was not it.
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