Amphilophus citrinellus
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Amphilophus citrinellus

Common Names: Midas Cichlid
Synonyms: Amphilophus citrinellum
Archocentrus citrinellus
Cichlasoma citrinella
Cichlasoma citrinellum
Herichthys citrinellus
Heros citrinellus
Family: Cichlidae
Category: Cichlids
Distribution: America - Central; Nicaragua and Costa Rica
Main Ecosystem: Lake; Lake
Temperament: Aggressive; Extremely Aggressive.
Diet: Carnivore; Carnivore
Care: Feed with small fish, earthworms, as well as flakes. The Midas Cichlid is an extremely agressive fish and therefore should be kept alone unless breeding is intended.
6.8 - 7.2
23°C - 27°C
73°F - 81°F
10 dH - 20 dH
Potential Size: Male: 33cm (13")
Female: 28cm (11")
Water Region: Middle, Bottom; Middle-Bottom
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: The hump on the male's head is more  ounced than the female's.
Breeding: Moderately hard. Midas Cichlids are intollerant of their own species and other cichlids. The use of a tank divider may be necessary to assure the safety of the female. Use a divider that the fish can see each other through, such as the egg crate used in lighting fixtures. Many breeders cut holes in the egg crate that are large enough for the female to get through, but too small for the male to get through. This way if the male becomes too aggressive, the female can escape to the safe side of
Variants: The Midas cichlid from Nicaragua comes in two color morphs...barred and colored. A colored midas can be any combination of the following colors: yellow, white, orange, red, black. Most colored Midas' are orange and/or white.

There are also Midas cichlids from Costa Rica, such as the Red Face Midas and Red Face Barred Midas. There are some, however, who believe that the Costa Rican Midas may in fact be a separate species from A. citrinellus.
Comments: One of the most aggressive fish. Each Midas Cichlid has it's own personality. Some are so agressive that they will attack you hand when you clean their tank!
Main Colours: Orange
Markings: No Markings
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Convex
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