Peacock Bass
Cichla Monoculus

Care Level

Low

Placement

Fore Ground

Temperament

Aggressive

Reef Compatible

No

Plant Safe

No

Max Size

18" +

Minimum Tank Size

150 gallon

Color

Green, Black, Red

Diet

Carnivore

Water Conditions

Neutral (6.5 to 7.5 pH), Intermediate Water Hardness (6 to 12 dGH), 74 to 83 degrees Fahrenheit

Description


General: The Peacock Bass (Cichla monoculus) is a member of the Cichlidae family that will not fail to impress with a colorful eyespot, and attentive behavior. This Cichlid can live past ten years, reach a length of over two feet, and weigh well over ten pounds.

Fecundity: The Peacock Bass (Cichla monoculus) can produce up to 15,000 eggs per clutch. The female will lay eggs on a flat surface where the male will fertilize them. The hatched fry will be relocated to a nest where the parents will guard the offspring.

Preferred Water Chemistry: Neutral (6.5 to 7.5 pH), Intermediate Water Hardness (6 to 12 dGH)

Aquarium Diet (Carnivore): Feeder fish, Ghost Shrimp, Crayfish, Crickets, and Earthworms. Please only feed terrestrially-based foods such as Chicken, and Beef Heart on rare occasion as they can cause digestive issues within Peacock Bass.

Compatibility: The Peacock Bass (Cichla monoculus) will likely attempt to consume anything that will fit in its mouth. The Peacock Bass can be kept as an individual, or a pair. Male Peacock Bass, once mature, will not tolerate another male. Peacock Bass are typically compatible with other large South American Cichlids.


Author: Grant Stevens