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Origin: Central America (Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica)
Difficult to identify. See "Good to know" for more details
600 L / 130 imp gal / 160 US gal
T°: 24 à 28°C or 75 to 82°F
pH: 7 to 8
40 cm (16")
How to feed the Jaguar cichlid?
The Jaguar Cichlid is piscivorous (eats fish). Dehydrated type of food (such as granules) is suitable, as well as fresh or frozen foods (such as mussels and fries). To prevent nutritional deficiencies (vitamins, trace elements, minerals,...), it is recommended to diversify the diet.
Excess food is to be avoided to keep the fish in good shape.
What kind of behavior does the Jaguar cichlid have?
It is not aggressive as long as it is maintained in good conditions. It is also one of the least aggressive Parachromis.
Who can live with the Jaguar cichlid?
A 1000 liter bin (250x60 cm) is a minimum for a community aquarium! (220 Imp Gal or 260 US Gal / 98x24 inches).
It has the reputation of being a killer, this is mainly due to the fact that the young specimens are formidable predators and have a very good appetite.
In reality, it is a rather shy fish! However maintained in bad conditions, it will have a deplorable behavior...
Given the large size of the Jaguar Cichlid, any small fish will be perceived as a food...
How to breed the Jaguar cichlid?
It is possible to obtain it in aquarium, sexual maturity occurring at a size of about 12 cm or 4.7 inches. This fish is a spawner on exposed substrate, it deposits its eggs on a flat stone. Both parents care for and defend the fry.
Parental family, up to 2000 eggs on an open substrate.
The parents load eggs and fry up to a size of several cm.
The male can be aggressive towards any female Managuensis if the female does not want to breed when the male wants it.
Which aquarium for the Jaguar cichlid?
For a specific aquarium, a bin of 200x60 cm and 600 liters (78x24 inches and 130 Imp Gal or 160 US Gal) will be ideal for an adult couple. However for a community aquarium it would be necessary to aim for a bin that is 250x60 cm or 98x24 inches in size.
The decor should consist of roots, stones, and hiding places. For the soil, opt for a non-cutting substrate sand because this fish likes to dig in the ground. No plant should be added or it will be mixed and crushed in a short time.
To avoid any pollution, change the water of your aquarium regularly: a renewal of 10% of the total volume will be necessary each week.
Also plan a good filtration because these large fish pollute a lot. You can start at a rate of at least 5 times the volume of the aquarium per hour.
Tip: Add Pothos and external filtering plants that will be very useful for keeping nitrates low. Indeed, these plants will consume the nitrates and thus keep a good quality of water. This will allow you to change only 10% of the volume per week (which is already 60 liters or 13 Imp Gal or 16 US Gal for the specific aquarium).
Without these plants, the amount of water to renew is much higher (30%), as well as your water bill! So do not hesitate to use them if you want to avoid selling your bin to pay your water bill!
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The sexes being difficult to identify, male and female can not be discerned with certainty from their appearance only. Although male black spots are often more pronounced, this trait can not be considered reliable for gender discrimination.
It is however possible to distinguish them with these parameters:
- the male is dark uniform in color, while the female has a very yellow or pale ventral color
- the male has its reproductive organ slightly out (visible from 15 cm or 6 inches)
The fishing record is 55 cm or 21.65 inches.
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