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Wild Caught Red Devil Cichlid (Amphilophus labiatus).

Red Devil Cichlid (Amphilophus labiatus)

The Red Devil Cichlid (Amphilophus labiatus) is a large Central American species that is usually found in submerged rocky areas hiding among the crevices in Lake Managua and Lake Nicaragua. Tropical fish keeping enthusiasts will readily attest that the Red Devil Cichlid is one of the most aggressive cichlids around, bar none. Keeping a single […]

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Convict Cichlid (Archocentrus nigrofasciatus)

Convict Cichlid (Archocentrus nigrofasciatus)

      The Convict Cichlid (Archocentrus nigrofasciatus)also known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Zebra cichlid, is found in the lakes, rivers, and streams of Central America, primarily from El Salvador to Guatemala on the Pacific coast, and from Honduras to Guatemala on the Atlantic side. Although Convict cichlids are found in lakes, […]

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Electric Blue Jack Dempsey (Cichlasoma octofasciatum)

Electric Blue Jack Dempsey (Cichlasoma octofasciatum)

The Electric Blue Jack Dempsey (Cichlasoma octofasciatum) also known scientifically as Archocentrus octofasciatus, Nandopsis octofasciatum, or Rocio octofasciata is found in northern and Central America from the Papaloapan River in southern Mexico to the Ulua River in Honduras. Although it has become somewhat more common in tropical fish keeping shops, it is a somewhat rare […]

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Nicaraguense Cichlid (Herichthys nicaraguense)

Nicaraguense Cichlid (Herichthys nicaraguense)

The Nicaraguense Cichlid (Herichthys nicaraguense) correctly identified as Hypsophrys nicaraguensis, is endemic to the Atlantic slope of Central America from the San Juan drainage, including Lake Nicaragua (in Costa Rica and Nicaragua), to the Matina River drainage in Costa Rica. The Nicaraguense Cichlid is also known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Moga, Parrot […]

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Midas cichlid (Amphilophus citrinellum)

Midas cichlid (Amphilophus citrinellum)

The Midas cichlid (Amphilophus citrinellum) is endemic to the San Juan River in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, and is one of the most belligerent cichlids known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts.   They are frequently confused with the Red Devil cichlid (Amphilophus labiatus) which has larger lips, a smaller nuchal hump and less thickly set in […]

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Managuense Cichlid (Parachromis managuense)

Managuense Cichlid (Parachromis managuense)

The Managuense Cichlid (Parachromis managuense) is a large Central American species that is also known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Jaguar Cichlid or Aztec Cichlid.   The species was originally found in Lake Managua, Nicaragua where it got its name but is distributed throughout Central America from Honduras to Costa Rica. The Jaguar […]

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Firemouth Cichlid (Thorichthys meeki)

Firemouth Cichlid (Thorichthys meeki)

The Firemouth Cichlid (Thorichthys meeki) is found in the shallow, slower moving (and often turbid) rivers of the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico, south through Belize and into northern Guatemala. The Firemouth Cichlid’s body color is a pearlescent turquoise blue, with red edged scales. The “throat” and breast areas are colored a brick to fire engine red, […]

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