Jaguar cichlid (Parachromis managuensis)

Jaguar cichlid (Parachromis managuensis, earlier addressed as Cichlasoma managuense) or managuense cichlid is a large, raptorial, but very beautiful fish, and it is good for large cichlid fans.

Unlike other cichlid fishes jaguar cichlid obtains the most of its color when it becomes reproductive.

For example, the juveniles have noticeable black bands on their body and the mature fish becomes spotted, so due to these spots they got their “jaguar” name.

In the wild managuense fish max size is about 60 cm and it weighs about several kilos. In a tank the fish grows significantly smaller – about 40 cm in length.

Because of its size and aggressive temper it’s better to keep jaguar cichlid separately from other fishes in a biotope which is reminding it the basins of Central America and surely, one should avoid keeping the fish in a tank with small and less aggressive fish as a tank mate.

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Lionhead cichlid (Steatocranius casuarius)

Lionhead cichlid (Steatocranus casuarius) got its name due to the huge hump on a male’s forehead.

Nowadays, such specific features can be seen among many fishes (for example, flowerhorn) but earlier it was rather unusual. However, lionhead cichlids also differ from others in the way they swim.

The fish leans on a bottom as Goby do and swims jerkily which doesn’t look like the way the majority of fishes swim. This is due to the fact that in the wild lionhead cichlids inhabit in the basins with fast and strong water flow.

The fish under fins act as supports and its swim bladder has decreased in size significantly to make it heavier and thereby the fish can resist the water flow strength.

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African Jewel Cichlid (Hemichromis bimaculatus)

Jewel cichlid or african jewelfish (Hemichromis bimaculatus) is a cichlid that became famous due to its beauty and aggressiveness. Of course, red jewel cichlid is aggressive if it is kept together with guppies and danio.

But in case when turquoise jewel cichlid has tank mates of corresponding size and temper it’s no way a troublesome fish. The only exception is its spawning period, but who can consider a fish protecting its eggs an aggressive one?

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Welcome Lake Tanganyika queen cichlid (Cyphotilapia frontosa)

Frontosa Cichlid or humphead cichlid (Cyphotilapia frontosa, earlier named Paratilapia frontosa) is a very beautiful fish and it’s very popular among cichlid-fans.

Etymology of the fish name Cyphotilapia is the following: Cypho from Greek means a “hunchback” and Tilapia when translated from the local dialect means “fish”.

The translation of the specific name frontosa from Latin means “with a big forehead”. Frontosa are perfect for the experienced aquarists. Frontosa fish is large with very nice, deep and contrastive coloring.

Cyphotilapia frontosa is a slow fish which doesn’t keep it from being Lake Tanganyika queen cichlid and raptorial feeder. In the wild frontosa cichlid spends a little energy to stalk its prey. These fish advantage is that they are nocturnal feeders and they don’t need a lot of light.
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