Updated August 6, 2019
Author: Mike - FishLore Admin
The Jaguar Cichlid (Parachromis managuensis) is found in very warm and turbid lakes in Central America. It is a highly predatory species that will prey on smaller fish and inverts. The Jaguar Cichlid grows to be about 21 inches (55 cm) and fish base has them listed at 62 cm (24.8 inches) as max total length. This is a big fish that needs a big tank.
This cichlid will become very aggressive with tank mates if it forms a pair for spawning. They will defend their eggs and fry until they become free swimming at which time the baby cichlids will need to be placed in their own tank for raising to prevent the adult fish from eating them.
Jaguar Cichlid Care
Scientific Name : Parachromis managuensis
Common Names : Aztec Cichlid, Spotted Guapote, Tiger Guapote, Managuense
Cichlid Care Level : Easy to keep and will adjust to a relatively wide range of water parameters.
Size : 21 inches (55 cm)
Water Parameters : pH 7 - 8.7 | dH range: 10 - 15 | Temperature : 75°F - 79°F (25°C - 28°C)
Lifespan : 10 years, likely longer
Origin / Habitat : Central America: Ulua River (Honduras) to the Matina River (Costa Rica) found at depths of 3 to 10 meters (10 to 32 feet) (ref: fishbase)
Temperament / Behavior : This is a big cichlid that will eat smaller fish. It is causing issues where it has been introduced either purposely or inadvertently.
Breeding : The pair will clean a flat surface where the female with deposit the eggs and the male will fertilize them. The parents will guard the eggs and fry. Eggs hatch in 5 to 7 days and should be removed from the breeding tank to prevent the adult cichlids from eating them once the fry are free swimming. Brine shrimp can be offered to the fry and then subsequently larger foods as they grow.
Aquarium Size : several hundred gallons
Tank Mates : Other large cichlids in extremely large tanks
Fish Disease : Freshwater Fish Disease
Food : Provide them a base diet of cichlid pellets and supplement larger specimens with crickets, worms, thawed freshwater fish. This is a carnivorous fish that will eat smaller fish.
Tank Region : All over the aquarium.
Gender : Females are smaller in overall size and males have longer dorsal fin
Similar Species : Cichlids
Photos Credit: JJPhoto.dk and George Chernilevsky
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