Common Name(s)
Salvini Cichlid, Salvin's Cichlid, Yellow belly Cichlid, Tricolour Cichlid, Magenta Belly Cichlid,etc.
Scientific Name
Cichlasoma salvini
Found mainly in Central America.
Not a community tank fish. The pair becomes extremely aggressive during spawning.
Maximum Size
Males can reach upto 20-25 cm whereas females are in between 18-22 cm.
Minimum Tank Size
150 gallon for a pair.
Tank Setup
They need a lot of space for swimming. Gravels with some rocks are suitable for decoration but plants will not work as they will uproot them. Requires a good filtration as they are messy eaters. Perform 40-50% water change every week.
Tank Region
All over the tank.
Generally Salvini Cichlids are omnivores but they also likes some meaty foods. Feed them a good mixture of high quality cichlid pellets, krill, frozen bloodworms, tubifex worms, earthworms, crickets, etc. Feed them 2-3 times daily to enhance the yellow colour.
Females lays the eggs on a flat rock and the male fertilizes them. During this time they becomes extremely aggressive and can kill their tankmates. The frys will be free swimming after 4-5 days.
Must be kept with same species or similar sized Cichlids such as Jack Dempsey, Green Terror, Red Devil, Jaguar Cichlids, etc.
Ease of Keeping
pH-6.5-7.5, Temperature-72.0 to 80° F. Since they are messy eaters Canister Filter is really good for them.

The most common feature of the Salvini Cichlids are the black stripes on the yellow body with blue spots. The colour becomes intense during breeding mood.