When fully colored, mature males of this species are perhaps the most beautiful of all Thorichthys, though they lack the brilliant red of T. meeki. The body coloration is generally white or silvery gray, and males have a long hairlike extension at the end of their dorsal fins.
Other common name
- Guatemala Gold Cichlid
- Herichthys aureus
- Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras.
- Fully mature males over 6 3/4 in (16cm); females smaller.
- Territorial, particularly during breeding —but not overaggressive toward other similar-sized species.
- Wide range of foods accepted.
- Roomy, well planted, with ample shelter, open swimming area, and fine-grained substratum. A flat or rounded rock should be provided. Neutral or alkaline, medium-hard water recommended. Temperature range: 70-77 F (21-25 C); slightly higher for breeding.
- Eggs are laid on precleaned site, and both they and the fry are defended by the parents.