The common name of this species aptly describes both the coloration and patterning of this impressive cichlid which, like other widely distributed species, occurs in several forms, depending on locality. It is difficult to tell the two sexes apart, although the male tends to be larger and has pointed dorsal and anal fins, while the female is usually the more brightly colored of the two.
Other common name
- Managua Cichlid
- Cichlasoma managuense, Heros managuense, Herichthys managuensis, Parachromis managuense
- Central America.
- Some fully mature males reported over 18in (45cm), 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. Water chemistry not critical, but well-filtered, soft, neutral water recommended. Temperature range: 73-77°F (23-25°C).
- Eggs are laid on a precleaned site (usually a rock). Female often takes on the major share of fry care and guards eggs while male defends territory. Fry are initially moved between predug pits by both parents.