R. lentiginosus, is found in the Grijalva and Usumacinta River drainages. These cichlids prefer fast flowing and mineral rich habitats with rocky substrate. Tanks should include plentiful hiding places from rock piles, driftwood logs, branches, and substrate penetrating the surface water. Reaching nearly 10 inches in length, males are bright blue with small dark spots covering their whole bodies, leading to the common name, “Freckled Cichlid”. Females are long and skinny with gold-flecked scales, black spots, and red and blue accented fins. Territorial by nature, this cichlid can be kept alongside other robust cichlids in very large tanks with distinct territories formed by landmarks. Optimal water conditions include temperatures of 78 to 86°F, pH between 7.0 and 8.0, and hardness of 178 to 267 ppm.
Fish size: 10″
Min tank size:100 Gallons