Archocentrus centrarchus
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Archocentrus centrarchus

Common Names: Flier Cichlid
Synonyms: Cichlasoma centrarchus
Herichthys centrarchus
Heros centrarchus
Family: Cichlidae
Category: Cichlids
Distribution: America - Central; Widely distributed in rivers, lakes and streams of Honduras and Nicaragua
Main Ecosystem: Lake; Primarily in lakes, but is also found in rivers and streams.
Temperament: Territorial; This fish is territorial and somewhat aggressive. Should be ok in larger tanks with other fish of similar size and temperament.
Diet: Ominvore; This fish is not a picky eater. A variety of foods should be fed including a quality cichlid pellet as well as other meat and veggie based foods.
Care: This is not a difficult cichlid to keep. A larger tank is needed because these fish can grow quite large. A small to medium sized gravel would probably be best along with several larger rocks to form caves and hiding places. This fish is found in some waters that are low in oxygen, but it would still be best to do weekly partial water changes to ensure best health.
7 - 8.2
22°C - 28°C
72°F - 82°F
5 dH - 15 dH
Potential Size: Male: 20cm (7.9")
Female: 20cm (7.9")
Water Region: Middle, Bottom; Middle-Bottom
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Males will grow larger and have longer dorsal and anal fin extensions. Males may also grow a small nuchal hump.
Breeding: Breeding is very similar to the Convict cichlid. Pairs will form and select a spawning site which will usually be in some type of cave. The pair will clean a flat surface to lay the eggs on. The female will guard the eggs while the male patrols the outer area to ward off predators. During breeding, this fish will become much more aggressive than normal. Also, during courtship and breeding, this fish's colors will change quite drastically from the normally light yellow base color to a darker
Comments: This is a very nice cichlid though it is not commonly seen. As this fish matures it will also develop a light blue color around the black blotches on the body. The black blotches will form vertical bars when showing aggression or defending a territory.
Main Colours: Yellow, White, Black
Markings: Striped Vertical
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Flat
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