You may wonder why the title does not contain a scientific name. The reason for this is that the fish we are presenting to you was born from a crossbreed and crossbreeds do not have their own scientific name in zoological naming (unlike in botanical naming).
The Red Texas Cichlid, which we offer as B-grade, are still relatively young and far from full colored, but there is already fire in them! The Red Texas Cichlid is the result of crossing a male Texas cichlid (Herichthys cyanoguttatus) and a Red Parrot female. The Red Parrot on its part is already a cross, allegedly of Redhead Cichlid (Vieja melanurus, formerly Cichlasoma or Vieja synspilum) and Amphilophus labiatus, the Red Devil Cichlid. The Red Texas Cichlid combines the genes of three cichlid species.
According to our informant Kamphol Udomritthiruj, whom we would like to thank very much for this information, which can hardly be obtained in this country, this multiple crossing appeared for the first time in 2004. At this time $4,000 per specimen was charged. The Red Texas Cichlids we currently have in stock come from the breeder’s facility who bred these first specimens. We offer 6-8 cm long B-grades, which are affordable for everyone, and also some few A-grade specimens, which are clearly more expensive.
In terms of appearance, the animals have much of daddy, Herichthys cyanoguttatus, the general body shape and the green spots, while the mother’s side contributed the red color.
Those who like breeding forms will be enthusiastic about the Red Texas Cichlid, because they are not only very colorful, but also very temperamental fish. At the moment they are still small, but with the kinship one must expect that they reach 20-25 cm in the course of the years. And one thing is for sure: such cichlids are long-lived pets that you can enjoy for many years!
For our customers: the animals have code 662502 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply wholesalers.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer