Black Belt Cichlid
5" - 8"
Minimum Tank Size
Gray, Black, Red
Slightly acidic (6.0-7.2 pH), intermediate water hardness (3-12 dGH), slightly brackish (1.010ppm), 76 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit
General: From Guatemala to Panama, this Central American member of the Cichlidae family can live up to ten years in any of the many river Deltas leading into the Atlantic Ocean. The Black Belt Cichlid (Paraneetroplus maculicauda) can reach a length of twelve inches, and should be in a tank of no less than 70 gallons.
Fecundity: The Black Belt Cichlid (Paraneetroplus maculicauda) can produce up to 750 eggs per clutch. To induce reproductive behaviors of the Black Belt Cichlid, a pair should be kept in a large tank containing over 150 gallons. Feeding an optimal diet consisting of Snails, omnivore pellet, Ghost Shrimp, Spirulina, and herbivore flake can also trigger reproductive events.
Preferred Water Chemistry: Slightly acidic (6.0-7.2 pH), intermediate water hardness (3-12 dGH), slightly brackish (1.010ppm)
Aquarium Diet (Herbivore): Snails, omnivore pellet, herbivore flake, Ghost Shrimp, Spirulina
Dimorphism: The male Black Belt Cichlid will have an enlarged protrusive hump on the forehead, while the female will not. The male Black Belt Cichlid will reach a length of up to twelve inches, while the female will only grow to approximately eight inches.
Compatibility: The Black Belt Cichlid (Paraneetroplus maculicauda) are typically compatible other large South American Cichlids.
Author: Grant Stevens