Rio Grande Cichlid – Herichthys cyanoguttatus
Species name: Herichthys cyanoguttatus
Common name: Texas Cichlid, Rio Grande Perch, Rio Grande Cichlid
Maximum size: 12 inches
Coloration: Generally a turquoise blue coloration with dots all over the body with a black dot at the base of the tail. When breeding three bars will color black at the rear fish, as well as, the belly and mouth area. Green and red variations are also found in the industry.
Origin: Texas and Northern Mexico mostly in the Rio Grande River regions
Temperament: Moderately Aggressive. Dominantly Aggressive when breeding.
Company: Other like size and aggression cichlids. Oscars, Jack Dempseys, Midas, Jaguar Cichlids and like species
Water parameters: pH 6.8 – 7.8 but will adjust, 62-78 degrees ideal around 74 F, Medium to hard water generally preferred
Aquarium setup: Plenty of hiding places and caves. Driftwood gives the species somewhere to hide also. Provide cover and plenty of separate hiding places as the species becomes territorial and will defend its ground readily
Feeding: Omnivorous; Sinking or floating pellets, bloodworms, tubifex worms, krill, brine shrimp
Breeding: Egglayer, slight ph swings, live feeding, and slight temperature changes can spark this fish which is easily breed in the aquarium. Females are ready to breed around 3-4 inches.
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