Texas Cichlid

Other Texas Cichlid Names: Texas Cichlid, Rio Grande Cichlid, Texas Green

Texas Cichlid Scientific Name: Herichthys cyanoguttatus, Cichlasoma cyanoguttatum, Herichthys cyanoguttatum

Texas Cichlid (Herichthys cyanoguttatus))

Temperature Range: 68°F-86°F
pH Range: 6.4-7.6
Hardness Range: 5-15°

Family: Cichlidae

Species Type: North American Cichlids

Texas Cichlid Adult Size: 12 inches (cm)

Texas Cichlid Life Expectancy: 12 years

Texas Cichlid Habitat: Texas Rivers (USA)

Texas Cichlid Minimum Tank Size: 75 gallons

Texas Cichlid Temperament: Aggressive

Texas Cichlid Diet & Nutrition: Carnivorous - As juveniles you can feed small flakes or any type of ground cichlid pellets or fry crumble. As they grow, start feeding appropriately sized cichlid pellets as a staple. Frozen or freeze dried treats such as brine shrimp, bloodworms, beefheart or krill can be given on occasion. Live worms, fish, or crickets can also be given a few times per month. When feeding live fish, it is always best to raise your own to reduce the risk of introducing dieseases and parasites.

Texas Cichlid Description: Texas cichlids change in appearance throughout their lives. Younger specimens have a tan or yellowish appearance while older specimens have a darker grey/blue appearance. In all stages of development, the texas cichlid has small turquiose colored dots all over the body. It is a typical new world cichlid shape with a tall body and wide girth. The mouth is large and can eat smaller fish with ease. There are three black bars behind the spot near the center of the body. These spots tend to get darker during spawning season.

Tank Mate Compatibility: Oscars, Plecos and Blood Parrot Cichlids. Other large cichlids with similar water requirements

Texas Cichlid Breeding & Spawning: These cichlids are very easy to spawn. Females are ready to breed by 2-3 inches. The female will clean off a piece of slate or flat surface and lay up too 500-1000 eggs with the male following up and fertilizing them. Both parents prior to hatching dig a small pit for transfer. The female will now tend to the eggs while the male guards the perimeter. The pair's aggression is now at it's peak. A few "targets" like silver dollars or anything too fast must be used now to take some of the aggression from the male off of the female. Either that or a divider is most likely the case here unless you want to see its natural behaviour. The eggs hatch after 3-5 day's and the female will help the young out of the sacs. They are then transferred to the pit and stay there for another 5-8 days when the young then become free swimmers that feed off organic matter and can be fed after about another weak with baby brine, cyclops, crushed flake. The young should be removed upon reaching 3/4 inch.

Determining Texas Cichlid Sex: Males will develop a bump on their head.

Aquarium Region: All over

Texas Cichlid Diseases: None specific to species.

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