Although the second of the above scientific names is now ceasing to be used, it is included here because it still appears in print from time to time, particularly in articles. Several naturally occurring forms of this species are available, the color and patterning depending on locality The T-bar Cichlid is sometimes confused with the less colorful Archocentrus spilurus.
Other common name
- Sajica’s Cichlid
- Cichlasoma sajica
- Costa Rica
- Males up to 4 3/4in (12cm); females smaller.
- Territorial, but generally more tolerant of other fish than some similar- sized cichlids, except during breeding. Diet: All foods accepted.
- Spacious, well planted, with hiding places, shelters, and caves. Water chemistry not critical. Temperature range: 72-77 F (22-25 C).
- Eggs usually laid in caves. Female generally cares for eggs and young (which hatch out in several days), with male guarding territory.