Speckled Peacock Bass
Cichla temensis

Care Level



Fore Ground



Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

12" - 18"

Minimum Tank Size

150 gallon


Black, Green



Water Conditions

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


General: This South American member of the Cichlidae family 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 temensis) 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 temensis) 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