South American Cichlids

Angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare)Angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare)
The unique shape of the Angelfish makes it one of the most recognizable freswater aquarium fish in the world. The Angelfish comes in many v...
Blue Acara (Aequidens pulcher)Blue Acara (Aequidens pulcher)
The Blue Acara has a more broad forehead than other Acara species and is a bit more courteous than the others as well. Though a more peacefu...
Blue Cheek Dwarf Cichlid (Apistogramma eunotus)Blue Cheek Dwarf Cichlid (Apistogramma eunotus)
Blue Cheek Dwarf Cichlids are "pebble eaters". They scoop up pebbles into their mouth and suck on them, probably eating the algae off. This ...
Blue Ram (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi)Blue Ram (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi)
Rams are a popular aquarium fish for a variety of reasons. Their colours can be absolutely amazing, a perfect blend of iridescent yellow-gol...
Bolivian Ram (Mikrogeophagus altispinosus)Bolivian Ram (Mikrogeophagus altispinosus)
These colourful, little fish are peaceful and can be kept in a community tank. They can show very nice coloration, blue, yellow, gold, orang...
Braziliensis (Geophagus brasiliensis)Braziliensis (Geophagus brasiliensis)
Geophagus brasiliensis is a South American substrate-spawning cichlid native to the coastal streams of eastern/southern Brazil and Uruguay. ...
Checkerboard Cichlid (Dicrossus filamentosa)Checkerboard Cichlid (Dicrossus filamentosa)
These are small, thin torpedo-shaped fish. Checkerboard Cichlids have an off-white ventral surface. That same color, along with dark beige, ...
Chocolate Cichlid (Hypselecara temporalis)Chocolate Cichlid (Hypselecara temporalis)
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-yel...
Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid (Apistogramma cacatuoides)Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid (Apistogramma cacatuoides)
One of the most colorful and commonly available Apistogramma species. This fish is highly farm/aquarium bred and raised, and thus has severa...
Discus (Symphysodon aequifasciatus)Discus (Symphysodon aequifasciatus)
Discus fishes are large cichlids that have been appreciated by aquarists since the 1920\'s and there are several different Discus cichlids t...
Green Severum (Heros severus)Green Severum (Heros severus)
Severum Cichlids are South American Cichlids from the northern Amazon region of Brazil. They are known by the scientific name Heros severus...
Green Terror (Aequidens rivulatus)Green Terror (Aequidens rivulatus)
Males grow around 10-12inches upon full maturity while females are more around 7-9inches. They have a green sheen on the body with each gree...
Keyhole Cichlid (Cleithracara maronii)Keyhole Cichlid (Cleithracara maronii)
This species does not light a high amount of light so floating surface plants are recommended. Can be very timid at times, so much so that ...
Oscar Fish (Astronotus ocellatus)Oscar Fish (Astronotus ocellatus)
Oscars are an omnivorous cichlid from South America. They are regarded as one of the most intelligent tropical fish species and are aware o...
Red Port Acara (Cichlasoma portalegrense)Red Port Acara (Cichlasoma portalegrense)
A very nice fish. Not exceptionally colorful, but very attractive all the same. The males, when full grown, will develope fin rays over an i...
Red Terror (Amphilophus festae)Red Terror (Amphilophus festae)
A stunningly beautiful fish that is also highly aggressive and absolutely intolerant of other fish species. This fish gets rather large so ...
Redheaded Severum (Heros sp. 'rotkeil')Redheaded Severum (Heros sp. 'rotkeil')
One of the more beautiful severums. Boasting a bright red color over the shoulder, back, and cheek areas. As well as the face, anal, and dor...
Redhump Eartheater (Geophagus steindachneri)Redhump Eartheater (Geophagus steindachneri)
Geophagus steindachneri is a rarityŚ a mouthbrooding South American cichlid. Originally typed by Eigenmann and Hildebrand in 1910, it is nat...
Striped Pike Cichlid (Crenicichla strigata)Striped Pike Cichlid (Crenicichla strigata)
As with most larger pike cichlids, they are very aggressive. And they have a large appetite. They will eat anything that will fit into their...
Thread-finned Acara (Acarichthys heckelii)Thread-finned Acara (Acarichthys heckelii)
The beauty and medium size of this cichlid make it a sought after South American cichlid. Peat moss added to the tank will help keep the lo...
Wolf Cichlid (Parachromis dovii)Wolf Cichlid (Parachromis dovii)
Maintain a temperature at the lower end of the Wolf Cichlids temperature range to reduce aggression if required. The sheer physical size of ...
Yellow Acara (Aequidens metae)Yellow Acara (Aequidens metae)
The Acara Family is found only in tropical South America. This family includes two groups, True Acaras and Acara related species. Included...
Yellow Dwarf Cichlid (Apistogramma borellii)Yellow Dwarf Cichlid (Apistogramma borellii)
This is a great species for a dwarf south american cichlid tank. This is usually a peaceful species but may become territorial while spawni...
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About South American Cichlids

South American cichlids tend to be some of the largest Cichlids commonly kept in home aquariums. The most popular South American cichlid is the oscar fish. It is a highly intelligent fish with a bold personality. Click on a profile link to the left to learn more about these South American cichlids.