This stunningly patterned fish has been popular within the aquarium hobby for nearly 70 years. This is, perhaps, a little surprising given that its strong territorial instincts make it somewhat aggressive toward many of its tankmates. However, the pleasure of keeping a well-matched pair housed in a sufficiently spacious, well-designed aquarium, stocked with robust species, more than makes up for the disadvantages in the behavioral aspects of the species. An albino variety is occasionally available.
Other common name
- Zebra Cichlid
- Heros nigrofasciatus, Cichlasoma nigrofasciatum
- Widely distributed in Central America.
- Males up to 6in (15cm); females smaller.
- Highly territorial; will damage tender plants.
- All foods accepted; vegetable component essential.
- Spacious, with easily defended shelters, robust and/or unpalatable plants, and rounded or flat- topped pebbles. Water chemistry not critical. Temperature range: 68-77°F (20-25°C).
- Eggs are laid either in caves or in the open, and they and the fry are protected by both parents. Hatching takes a few days.