Name: Hypsophrys nicaraguensis
Origin: Nicaragua, Costa Rica
I have a pair of Nicaragua cichlids that are just delightful! They weren't cheap (US$32 for a pair) but they sure make up for it in appearance and personality! They will constantly watch you, and quickly become the leaders of the tank, but one thing good about them is, as I call them, they are gentle giants, meaning they will watch your fish, and become the dominants, but won't really harm other aggressive fish. Definitely a must have!
I have been given a breeding pair of Nicaraguense as a gift from my local fish shop in Dundee (I have been a customer for 30 years). These fish were show standard fish and were in their display tank. They are fully grown with the male being 25 cm and the female 18 cm. They are quite shy for their size and are the most beautiful fish I've ever seen.
These are very pretty fish when they get 8 to 10 cm in size. The water must be kept clean, since they hang out in the bottom of the tank where the ammonia concentrations are at the highest. They will defend their territory, but when kept with large numbers of other fish they are fine. You should use sinking foods since they are substrate feeders. Flakes, small krill, bloodworms work best when feeding babies. Sinking small pellets work once they are 4 cm or bigger. I keep 4 of them with 6 silver dollars, 3 geo Surinamese, a syspillum and two chocolate cichlids in a 450 liter. The dollars are the biggest at 8 to 10 cm.
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