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Green Texas Cichlid
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Green Texas Cichlid (Herichthys carpinte)

Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Green
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 75-78° F, KH 14-16, pH 6.9-7.1
Max. Size 1'
Origin Farm Raised
Family Cichlidae
Minimum Tank Size 50 gallons
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The Green Texas Cichlid, also known as the Pearlscale Cichlid, is considered to be an amiable fish. A pearly-green in color, the Green Texas Cichlid male can grow to an impressive 12 inches long. They bond and form pairs after intense jaw locking. While rearing the fry, both parents turn a dark, almost black color with the exception of a right-angle triangular spot behind the pectoral fin.

Green Texas Cichlids require a tank of at least 50 gallons with lots of room to swim and adequate hiding spots. Most plants that are added to the aquarium will be uprooted as they dig, so floating plants may be more appropriate. They are very adaptable to differences in water chemistry. Being aggressive in nature, the Green Texas Cichlid should only be housed with more aggressive fish that are close to the same size.

The Green Texas Cichlid is an open breeder that is very prolific. Maturity is attained when males reach approximately 4 inches in length and the female 3 inches. They are egg layers and the larvae hatch 4 days after spawning. They are free-swimming after another 4-6 days and both parents will protect the fry. Juveniles may be susceptible to intestinal diseases.

The Green Texas Cichlid is omnivorous and will eat most prepared and frozen foods including freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex, and ocean plankton, as well as flake food and Cichlid pellets.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/2" to 2"

Customer Testimonials

Sachin R Edison , NJ
Texas is one of the coolest fish. It is aggresive, but it is just a beautiful fish. It should be kept with other aggresive fish such as oscars, green terrors, etc. I have had one for the past year. I would recommend this fish to anyone.
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