Texas Cichlid


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Texas Cichlid Picture off the net. Current size approx 5cm Scientific Name: Herichthys cyanoguttatus Common Name(s): Texas Geo. Origin: Mexico Habitat: Streams, Pools, Drainage Channels Diet: Herbivore Gender Differences: Dimorphic Breeding: Substrate Spawner Temperament: Aggressive Temperature: 78°F pH: 7.8 The Texas Cichlid Herichthys cyanoguttatus is the northern most occurring cichlid and the only cichlid native to waters of the United States. It is naturally found in the waters of southern Texas ( namely the Rio Grande) and northern Mexico. Though most commonly known as the Texas Cichlid, The Texas Cichlid is one of most aggressive and belligernet of all cichlids, and reinforces the slogan "Don't Mess with Texas." It's a pretty large fish, reaching up to about 12 inches (30 cm) in length This species has many of the typical habits cichlids are known for, including digging in the substrate, moving around the gravel, and shredding plants.This is an intelligent fish and very friendly with their owner, pushing up to the front of the tank at feeding time. The Texas Cichlid is definitely not a good community fish. Being naturally accustom to the close quarters provided by rivers they defend their territory vehemently against all intruders. But they are very durable and tough enough to be kept with other large and similarly tempered cichlids like the Red Devil and the Jack Dempsey. To keep these fish healthy and thriving, they need to have plenty of room to swim and a decor that provides places to rest and retreat. They like a tank bottom of fine sand and plenty of hiding places among rocks and wood. Being a most cantankerous cichlid, they will make short work of plants and rockwork by digging a great deal. They are large messy feeders and will need frequent water changes.
SKU: 10089

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