Mayan cichlid - Cichlasoma urophthalmus
Scientific name: Cichlasoma urophthalmus
Common name: Mayan cichlid
Usual size in fish tanks: 37 - 41 cm (14.57 - 16.14 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.7 - 8
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 8 - 18°N (142.86 - 321.43ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 20 - 27 °C (68 - 80.6°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: Central America
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: aggressive to smaller
Usual place in the tank: Middle levels
Food and feeding
The Mayan Cichlid will accept most foods offered but they do need as varied diet to keep them interested. Use quality flake or pellets as the main diet but also provide bi-weekly treats of blood worms, brine shrimp and white worms.
Central America; Mayan cichlids are found in Eastern Mexico down to Southern Florida.
Males tend to be larger than the females and some may display a more vibrant red colour.
Provide flat rocks or slate for spawning sites and it is best to separate the breeding pair into their own tank. They are both excellent parents and once the eggs are laid, they will share the parental duties. When the fry are free swimming they can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp or Infusoria for the first 7 days, after this they will accept crushed flake and adult brine shrimp.
The expected life span for Mayan cichlid is 6-8 years.
Like most of the large cichlids, Cichlasoma urophthalmus produce a lot of waste, a good filtration system with regular water changes are a must. Never keep Mayan cichlids with smaller tank mates, they will eat them, they are best kept with other large fish of the same temperament.
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