Name: Hypselecara temporalis
Origin: Amazon Basin
Five small wild-caught emerald cichlids (Hypselecara temporalis) are swimming in one of my tanks. They were imported from the Peruvian jungle metropole Iquitos. They eat above all gnat larvae and granules, which float on the water surface. In nature, they nourish themselves above all from insects. This is why they always stand directed diagonally upward to the surface and lurk, in order to miss no flying insect. Emerald Cichlids live predominantly in the white water of Amazon and are spread there far. My young fish are among each other quite aggressive and have fought for a solid position order. They've begun also to defend small territories. With adult male specimens, an imposing forehead bulge will develop, the females remain somewhat smaller.
I do not know if the name Emerald is right (I always thought it was Chocolate Cichlid). But anyway, I have had a pair for about 3 years and have become very fond of them. The male died just 2 weeks ago though, 33 cm long and almost 800 g heavy. The female (20-25 cm) looks to be very sad over the loss, so now I'm looking for a new home for her.
This is not an Emerald Cichlid. It is a Chocolate Cichlid. You may have it confused with the other species Hypselacara coryphaenoides. This species is prone to clamped fin, but can be very rewarding if you keep an eye out for it. Gorgeous, impressive looking fish!
I have a 1400 litre tank with built in filters. My fish are as follows: one 75 cm silver arowana, a 60 cm clown knife, two 15 cm clown loaches, two 15 cm kissing gouramis and my latest fish, a 27 cm emerald cichlid. They are very well adapted and calm. I was told the emerald would be aggressive, but for the last month he's adapted very well and knows that the arowana is the dominant fish. Now and then he would chase the gouramis and loaches, but nothing serious. I noticed at first his colours were not as bright as what they are now, probably the stress from moving. Beautiful fish, good eater and must be kept in a big tank.
I have a breeding pair of temporalis, The male is around 23 cm long and has his bump. They breed every month without fail. They're the best of parents. I have kept fry until they are sellable size, but the brood is usually about 100-120 in size. I have a fish room with 15 tanks. Number is not a problem to keep, but when I sell they fill 2 or 3 tanks in the local shop.
I've had two of these guys for about four years now and they are very owner responsive. Every time I walk into the room they come up to the surface. I keep them with a Mayan Cichlid and a Severum in a 265 L. These fish love to eat any type of food eagerly. They're characteristics remind me of an oscar, but these fish are way better then an oscar. Their color and fins make this fish gorgeous, especially when kept in the right conditions. I never had any health issues with these fish and they seem pretty hardy.
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