Mayaheros beani (formerly: Cichlasoma b.)

28. December 2021

Origin: Rio San Christobal = Laguna El Camalote, San Blas, Nayarit, Mexico

The small town of San Blas, where the Rio San Christobal empties into the Pacific Ocean, is considered the northernmost place with a tropical climate on the Pacific coast of Mexico. The name Laguna El Camalote was originally applied to a marshland southeast of the river mouth, but is also used for the ocean bay south of San Blas.

The Mayaheros beani found here are of the contrasting black and white variety during breeding. However, coloration can vary greatly depending on mood and incidence of light. Outside the breeding period they are blue-green in color, which has earned them the native name Mojarra verde.

The fish occur from the brackish waters of the estuary and mangrove swamps to the headwaters of rivers and streams. They also live in marshes, reservoirs, ponds and irrigation ditches.

They can reach a size of 30 (m) or 25 (f) in the aquarium. They are sexually mature at about 6 cm at the earliest.

Water temperatures vary between 16 and 34 degrees. The mineral content of the water and the pH-value are also very different depending on location and season.

The offered animals come from the conservation breeding program of the DCG (Arbeitskreis Großcichliden, studbook number 07702020 ). They are descended from fish from three sites, which are located at intervals of about 1-3 km in the outflow of the La Tovara spring.  This small river flows into the Rio San Christobal at San Blas.

For our customers: the animals have code 640202 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply wholesale.

Text: Carsten Weile, Photos: Carsten Weile and Frank Schäfer