Although it looks superficially like a bass, Cichla ocellaris is a true cichlid in every sense. It is a variable species, particularly attractive during its juvenile phase. It soon outgrows most aquaria. A closely related species, Cichla temensis, which is even larger, is also occasionally available.
Other common names
- Peacock Bass, Eyespot Cichlid, Eyespot Bass, Tucunare
- Central and northern South America.
- Up to 24in (60cm); may be slightly larger in the wild
- Aggressive predator.
- Large livefoods and commercial diets (freeze-dried, deep frozen, pellets, etc.)
- Large, with ample open spaces, bogwood, and large, robust plants. Water chemistry not critical, but water must be well filtered. Temperature range: 75-82°F (24-28°C).
- Difficult in aquaria. This is a substrate- spawning species with typical parental protection.