Texas Cichlid
Herichthys carpintis

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

8 - 12

Minimum Tank Size



Green, Silver



Water Conditions

Slightly acidic (6.2-7.5 pH), intermediate water hardness (3-12 dGH), 70 to 76 degrees Fahrenheit


General: The Texas Cichlid (Herichthys carpintis) is an aggressive, Central American Cichlid that can live longer than 15 years in captivity. The Texas Cichlid will likely not fit into the average, large Cichlid community. They should be kept alone, or in pairs in an aquarium size of 75 gallons. The Texas Cichlid is best kept with artificial plants, as they will attempt to recreate their own environment.

Fecundity: The Texas Cichlid (Herichthys carpintis) may produce up to 1,000 eggs per clutch.

Preferred Water Chemistry: Slightly acidic (6.2-7.5 pH), intermediate water hardness (3-12 dGH)

Aquarium Diet (Omnivore): Feeder Fish, Brine Shrimp, Ghost Shrimp, Earthworms, Omnivore Pellet

Dimorphism: The Texas Cichlid (Herichthys carpintis) male will develop elongated pelvic, dorsal, and anal fins. The female will retain short, round fins. The male will also develop a protrusive hump on the forehead, while the female will not.

Compatibility: The Texas Cichlid (Herichthys carpintis) is a hyper-aggressive Central American Cichlid. It is best to keep the Texas Cichlid as an individual, or in pairs. In an aquarium of over 100 gallons, it is possible to be kept with larger Severum, Silver Dollar, and Oscar.

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