Other Chocolate Cichlid Names:
Chocolate Cichlid, Emerald Cichlid
Chocolate Cichlid Scientific Name:
Hypselecara temporalis, Cichlasoma temporale, Heros temporalis
Chocolate Cichlid Temperament:
Species Type: South American Cichlids
Chocolate Cichlid Adult Size: 11 inches (cm)
Chocolate Cichlid Life Expectancy: 12 years
Chocolate Cichlid Habitat: South American rivers
Chocolate Cichlid Minimum Tank Size:
Generally peaceful for a cichlid.
Chocolate Cichlid Diet & Nutrition:
Insectivorous - some may accept pellets or flakes but does best with live insects such as grasshopppers, moths and flies.
Chocolate Cichlid Description:
An egg-shaped fish with a small mouth. The iris of the eye may range in color from amber-gold to bright red. The body color is a mustard-yellow with a large, characteristic black blotch at the mid-section of the body. On the caudal penuncle are some similar, but smaller markings. The belly and throat regions are bright red as is the area near the gill covering and the surrounding parts of the eye. The fins are red with some mustard-yellow areas.
Tank Mate Compatibility:
Other less aggressive south american cichlids.
Chocolate Cichlid Breeding & Spawning:
Keep water clean and clean. Ensure the pair is properly fed. Eggs are laid on rocks with vertical surfaces so including rocks will encourge spawning. Chocolate Cichlids tend to be poor parents for the first few days but parenting improves after this initial period.
Determining Chocolate Cichlid Sex:
Males tend to be larger and develop a hump on their head.
Chocolate Cichlid Diseases:
None specific to species.
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