The Emerald cichlid has become a bit out of fashion. This is a quite sad thing, for this impressive large cichlid – males can become up to 30 cm long, females always stay much smaller – is one of the most beautiful species of cichlid of South America.
Once more we can offer now German bred specimens of the population from the Rio Oyapoc. The splendid red colours makes the look a an artifical sport, but they are a true wild form!
Juveniles, as we offer them, are of course still relatively colorless, but even with them the reddish coloration of the fins already shows from which stable they come. The young animals almost always show a longitudinal stripe, sometimes additionally a dot, the dot can be faded out or in within seconds. Juveniles should always be kept in a troop, they need the company of their peers and like to stand – like flag cichlids (Mesonauta) – slightly slanted in the water, with the head pointing upwards.
For our customers: the fish have code 683082 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Lexicon: Hypselecara: means “deep bodied Acara”; Acara is the Tupi word for cichlid. temporalis: means “with a high forehead”.
Common name: Emerald cichlid
Text: Frank Schäfer, photos: Thomas Weidner & Frank Schäfer