Managuense Cichlid
Parachromis managuense

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

8" - 12"

Minimum Tank Size

150 gallon


Black, Purple, White, Yellow



Water Conditions

Neutral (6.8 to 8.2 pH), intermediate water hardness (6 to 18dGH), 74 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit


General: The Managuense Cichlid (Parachromis managuense), also known as the Jaguar, is an aggressive member of the scientific family Cichlidae. This Central American Cichlid may reach over 14 inches in length, and live well over 10 years in captivity. The Jaguar Cichlid will require a rather large environment. The Jaguar Cichlid will behave aggressively towards other fish species, once fully mature. Minimally, the Jaguar Cichlid should be kept in a 125 gallon aquarium. They should be kept as an individual show fish, or in a pair. Despite the aggressive temperament, the Jaguar Cichlid is a sought-after fish as it does produce a unique coloration when mature.

Fecundity: The Managuense Cichlid (Parachromis managuense) may produce up to 5,000 eggs per clutch. If attempting to breed the Jaguar Cichlid, the aquarium should be larger than 150 gallons. The male will become towards any other fish in the aquarium, and only the female should remain in the tank.

Preferred Water Chemistry: Neutral (6.8 to 8.2 pH), intermediate water hardness (6 to 18dGH)

Aquarium Diet (Carnivore): Brine Shrimp, Ghost Shrimp, Blackworms, Earthworms, Insects

Dimorphism: The Managuense Cichlid (Parachromis managuense) male will become larger than the female. Both gender will have develop a similar spotted patter. However, the female Jaguar Cichlid will likely develop a black stripe tracing, horizontally, down the lateral line.

Compatibility: The Managuense Cichlid (Parachromis managuense) are not typically compatible with other fish species. In exceptionally large aquariums, over 175 gallons, it is possible to keep the Jaguar Cichlid with other large Central / South American Cichlids.