Cichlasoma pearsei
 

84F
Explanation of the symbols

77F

Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Mexico, Guatemala
Length : 40 cm - 15"
Min. length aquarium : 300 cm - 120"
English name : Pantano Cichlid
This rather large fish needs a lot of space.  You should set up the aquarium with driftwood and some well anchored hard plants. Soft plants cannot be used because they eat them.  The substrate should be fine gravel and have some large stones where they can lay their eggs.  Because they eat very much and they produce a lot of dirt you need a powerful filter. 

They are omnivorous and they grow quick.  You should give them a great variety of live, frozen and dry food.  A large part of the food should be vegetable.

Breeding is not easy because you need a good matching couple.  The best way for a planned spawn is to raise a group of unrelated juveniles to sexual maturity and allow them to pair off. The best pair should be chosen for breeding and other pairs should be removed.  Up to 800 eggs are laid and fertilized on a stone.  After 3 days the eggs hatch and another 3 days later the young fishes are swimming free.  You can raise them with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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