Green Terror Cichlid
Andinoacara rivulatus

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

5" - 8"

Minimum Tank Size

75 gallon


Green, Orange, Yellow



Water Conditions

Neutral (6.2 to 7.8 pH), Intermediate water hardness (6 to 12dH), 72 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit


General: The Green Terror Cichlid (Andinoacara rivulatus) are native to the river deltas of Western Peru. This South American Cichlid can live up to ten years, and reach a length of thirteen inches.

Fecundity: The Green Terror Cichlid (Andinoacara rivulatus) can produce up to 500 eggs per clutch. To induce reproductive behavior, ensure the pair is an a tank of over 70 gallons. Consistently feeding Brine Shrimp, Ghost Shrimp, and Spirulina will help prepare the female to breed. This large South American Cichlid is frequently known to reproduce in captivity given the proper living conditions (water quality, living space, and diet).

Preferred Water Chemistry: Slightly acidic (6.0-7.2 pH), intermediate water hardness (3-12 dGH), 72 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit

Aquarium Diet: Brine Shrimp, Ghost Shrimp, Spirulina, omnivore pellet

Dimorphism: The male Green Terror (Andinoacara rivulatus) will develop an enlarged protrusive hump on the forehead, while the female will not. Male Green Terror will have a blue tint to the anal fin. Also, female Green Terror will become aggressive when ready to reproduce.

Compatibility: The Green Terror (Andinoacara rivulatus) are typically compatible with other large South American Cichlids, Synodontis, Pacu, and Silver Dollar.

Green Terror Cichlid Photo Gallery

Author: Aquatics Unlimited