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Jaguar cichlid - Parachromis managuensis

Jaguar cichlid - Parachromis managuensis

Scientific name: Parachromis managuensis

Common name: Jaguar cichlid

Family: Cichlidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 35 - 55 cm (13.78 - 21.65 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 7 - 8.7

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 10 - 15°N (178.57 - 267.86ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 25 - 30 °C (77 - 86°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: Central America

Temperament to its own species: aggressive/territorial

Temperament toward other fish species: aggressive to smaller

Usual place in the tank: Middle levels

Food and feeding

Quality cichlid pellets, Krill, and earthworms are ideal for this fish. Try to avoid using feeder fish as they can carry parasites.


Central America; Jaguar cichlids are to be found in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.


When juvenile, it is impossible to sex these fish. When mature, the male will develop a gold body color with black dots. The males tend to be larger than females as well.


Provide flat surfaces in the breeding tank, as with most cichlids they will also use tank glass as well. The female will tend the eggs while the male defends the spawning site. The fry should hatch out after 3-5 days, a few days later they should be free swimming. At this stage, they can be fed on crushed flake and newly hatched brine shrimp.


The expected life span for Jaguar cichlids is 15 years.

Short description

A large tank is required to keep Parachromis managuensis, tank mates should be other large cichlids. Provide open swimming spaces but if you have a breeding pair, they need to be kept in a separate tank.


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