Little smaller but somewhat more elongate than Nandopsis festae, this is another well-marked species whose beauty is best appreciated in fully mature specimens. Color variations occur according to habitat. Males range from light gray, violet, or blue to almost black, some aquarium populations in Europe have females that are bright yellow in color.
- Cichlasoma friedrichsthalii, Henchthys friedrichsthalii, Parachromis friedrichsthalii
- Widely distributed in Central America.
- Up to 13 1/4in (35cm), but usually smaller; females smaller than males.
- Aggressive and territorial; should be kept only with equally large, robust tankmates.
- Large commercial formulations and livefoods accepted.
- Spacious, with open spaces and substantial shelters. Rocks and other decor should be well bedded. Plants need to be protected (by making the base of stems inaccessible). Water chemistry not critical, but well-filtered, soft, neutral water recommended Temperature range: 72-81 F (22 27 C).
- Eggs are laid on a precleaned site (usually a rock). Female guards eggs while male defends territory Fry are initially moved between predug pits by both parents