Cookies seem to be disabled in your browser, therefore this website will NOT work properly! Please, consider enabling Cookies in order to maximise your user experience while browsing.
Recent discussions at Aqua-Fish+
  1. PondSealer at Maintainging a garden fish pond tasks on
  2. TheFishWorks at A guide on growing aquarium plants with FAQ, forum and species on …display more of the recent discussions
  3. Salviashaman at A guide on caring for Congo tetra (Phenacogrammus interruptus) on
  4. Salviashaman at A guide on setting a South American blackwater stream biotope aquarium on
  5. Figureguy at Chemistry of Aquarium Water with FAQ on
  6. Jackson20 at A guide on feeding aquarium fish frozen foods on
  7. Senator Wisdom at Bloodfin tetra (Aphyocharax alburnus) on
  8. CayceR at A page and forum devoted to keeping Blood parrot cichlids on
  9. Ness at A guide on raising African Dwarf Frogs with pictures and forum on
  10. Terry Mitchell at A guide on breeding, feeding and caring for L333 Pleco on
White cichlid - Vieja argentea

White cichlid - Vieja argentea

Scientific name: Vieja argentea

Common name: White cichlid

Family: Cichlidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 25 - 29 cm (9.84 - 11.42 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.6 - 7.4

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 5 - 20°N (89.29 - 357.14ppm)

0°C 32°F30°C 86°F

Recommended temperature: 24 - 28 °C (75.2 - 82.4°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: Bottom levels


Central America; White cichlids are found in the waters of Mexico and Guatemala.


If given the correct conditions, Vieja argentea can live up to 4-5 years but its life span will be reduced if not looked after properly.

Short description

Vieja argentea is very aggressive and should be kept in larger tanks to give it plenty of room. A pair will require a four foot tank to be happy. Include some hiding places but the fish may decide to re-arrange the décor to their liking. The use of plants is not advised as these are a destructive species of fish and all plants will be uprooted constantly giving them no chance of surviving in the aquarium. Lighting can vary according to your set up, the white cichlid is not too fussy as to the lighting level but if adding a pair to a breeding set up you will get better results with dimmed lighting.

They are an aggressive species and should only be housed with similar sized cichlids that can handle themselves, make sure that the fish have plenty of room to establish territories and this should ease the aggression slightly. Like all large cichlids, they are high waste producers so make sure that the filtration system can handle the waste and make sure that regular water changes are performed.

Food and feeding

Use a quality flake or cichlid pellets for the staple diet. Ensure that you vary the diet by adding chopped earth worms, bloodworms and brine shrimp to keep the fish interested in food. To get the best colouration use some vegetable matter to the diet. They are not fussy eaters but it may take a couple of days for them to settle in the aquarium before they regain their full appetite. Providing a varied diet will ensure that they will display their best colouration.


White cichlids are extremely difficult to sex but when mature, the males tend to be slightly larger than the females.


Breeding should be quite easy with this species. When a pair is added to the breeding tank you must make sure that the female is not being bullied to the extent of over stressing her or even physical damage. If this does occur it may be best to separate the pair for a few days and then try again or as a last resort try to pair the male with a different female. There will always be some aggression during spawning but as long as the female can cope with this you should not have any problems.Up to 1000 eggs will be laid in a pit and 3 days later the eggs should hatch. Once the fry are free swimming, they can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp.


Bought by from

White cichlid picture 1 White cichlid picture 2 White cichlid picture 3 White cichlid picture 4

Did you know?

Please, verify whether your login and password are valid. If you don't have an account here, register one free of charge, please. Click here to close this box.

You have been logged out successfully! This box will close automatically!

Something went wrong during processing your message, please try again!

Your message has been sent, thanks a lot!

Page has been saved, refresh it now, please!

The page has been created, you will now be redirected!

URL already exists!

Path to the photo is not unique!

Really delete this page from the database?

The page has been removed successfully, you will be redirected now!

The page couldn't be deleted!!

Unfortunately this page doesn't allow discussion. Please, find any other page that fits your area of interest as over 99% of our pages allow discussion. The reason why no discussion is allowed here is this page is too general. Thanks a lot for understanding! Click here to search, please!

Really delete this comment from the site?

Really delete this image from the site?

Really delete this image from the site?

Selected comment has been removed successfully!

Selected image has been removed successfully!

Either login or email address is required

Account has been recovered, please check your email for further instructions