Juveniles of this species, which is one of the larger cichlids, are occasionally available in the hobby. While these specimens may appear attractive, the real beauty of the Peten Cichlid is fully appreciated only in mature fish. As well as the more usual silver-gray morph, an orange morph occurs. Peten Cichlids were first introduced to the United States in 1975.
Other common names
- Giant Cichlid, Bay Snook, Red Snook
- Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and southern Mexico.
- Up to 20in (50cm) reported, usually smaller; females smaller than males.
- Adults territorial and aggressive; should be kept only with similar species.
- Large commercial formulations accepted, but livefoods preferred.
- Spacious, with robust, well-bedded decor, caves, and large rocks. Well-filtered, medium-hard, slightly alkaline water advisable. Temperature range: 71-77 F (22-25 C); slightly higher for breeding.
- Large numbers of eggs are laid on a precleaned site, and both they and the fry are protected by the parents.