Hypsophrys nicaraguensis


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SKU: Macaw Cichlid TR (H. nicaraguensis) MD Categories: ,

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Hypsophrys nicaraguensis

Origin: Central America – Nicaragua

Geographic Range: Lakes and rivers in the region.

Diet: Omnivore; Enjoys a varied diet including high-quality pellets, live or frozen foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp, and a mix of meaty and vegetable matter.

Average Adult Size: Around 8-10 inches (20-25 cm)

Sexual Dimorphism: Limited sexual dimorphism; males may have slightly longer fins and brighter coloration.

Minimum Tank Size: 75 gallons or larger for a single specimen; larger for a breeding pair.

Temperament: Generally peaceful, especially compared to more aggressive cichlid species. Suitable for a community setting with other non-aggressive fish. May exhibit territorial behavior, particularly during breeding.

Recommended Water Parameters:

pH: 7.0-8.0
Temp: 75-82°F (24-28°C)
Hardness: 5-20 dGH
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: Under 30ppm
Note: Hypsophrys nicaraguensis, commonly known as the Nicaraguan Cichlid, is a colorful and moderately sized cichlid. Provide a well-decorated aquarium with hiding spots and open swimming space. They are generally peaceful and can be kept in a community tank with other non-aggressive fish. Exercise caution when keeping them with smaller or more timid species.

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