Common Name(s)
Redhead Cichlid, Quetzal Cichlid
Scientific Name
Vieja synspila, Vieja melanura
Family
Cichlidae, Subfamily: Cichlasomatinae
Origin
Central America
Temperament
Moderately aggressive.
Maximum Size
14 inches
Minimum Tank Size
150 US Gallons
Tank Setup
Provide sand or fine gravel as substrate and good filtration. Ensure that decor is firmly positioned as they will try to re-arrange it.
Tank Region
Middle
Diet
They are herbivorous, high protein foods provide a great risk of bloat. Feed high quality cichlid pellets along with some meaty foods such as prawns, mussel and white fish. Also feed some vegetable matter such as spirulina flake.
Breeding
They are substrate spawners. The pair will prepare a spawning site, usually a flat rock and then spawning should start. The male can be aggressive towards the female during spawning. The eggs hatch in 3-4 days and the fry become free-swimming around 4 days later.
Compatibility
They can be aggressive, so only keep them with other Central American cichlids.
Ease of Keeping
Moderate
Care
pH: 7-8.5, Temperature: 76-86 degrees Fahrenheit. They require hard water.
They can live up to 10 years.
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