Parachromis motaguensis

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SKU: ¤Red Tiger Cichlid TR (P. motaguensis) SM Categories: ,

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Parachromis motaguensis

Common Name: Red Tiger Cichlid

Origin: Endemic to freshwater habitats in Central America, specifically found in rivers and lakes in Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.

Geographic Range: Native to Central America.

Diet: Carnivore; In the wild, they feed on a variety of fish, invertebrates, and smaller prey. In captivity, provide a diet rich in high-quality pellets, large floating cichlid pellets, and occasional live or frozen foods such as fish, shrimp, and other protein-rich offerings.

Average Adult Size: Can reach up to 14-16 inches (35-40 cm).

Sexual Dimorphism: Limited sexual dimorphism. Males may develop slightly more extended dorsal and anal fins, and their coloration may intensify during breeding.

Minimum Tank Size: A large tank of at least 100 gallons or more is recommended for adult Parachromis motaguensis.

Temperament: Aggressive and territorial. Not suitable for community tanks. Keep them with large, robust tankmates, or better kept alone.

Recommended Water Parameters:

pH: 7.0-8.0
Temp: 75-82°F (24-28°C)
Hardness: 5-15 dGH
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: Under 20ppm
Tank Setup:

Provide a tank with plenty of hiding spots created by rocks, caves, or driftwood.
Use a substrate of sand or fine gravel.
Large, durable decorations to create territories.
Note: Parachromis motaguensis is known for its vibrant coloration and territorial behavior. Due to their aggression, careful consideration should be given to tankmates and tank setup. Regular water changes, powerful filtration, and a high-protein diet are essential for their well-being.

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