The two main attractions of this species are its rounded head and the body patterning or coloration of both male and female. Males have dark-edged scales toward the back of the body, while females have metallic golden dorsal fins and a more intense coloration. The disadvantages of the species are its large size and its tendency to eat succulent plants.
- Cichlasoma nicaraguense, Copora nicaraguensis, Herichthys nicaraguense, Hypsophrys nicaraguensis
- Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
- Males up to 10in (25cm); females somewhat smaller.
- Territorial digger, but not overaggressive in sufficiently large aquaria.
- All foods accepted.
- Large, with adequate shelter and robust or unpalatable plants (both of which must be protected by making base of stems inaccessible). Water chemistry not critical, but quality must be good. Temperature range: 73-79°F (23-26°C).
- Eggs are laid in deep pits or in a cave. Egg and fry care usually performed by female, with male guarding territory.