Common Name: Jaguar, Aztec Cichlid
Scientific Name: Parachromis Managuense
Location: Central American- Costa rica, nicaragua
Diet: Jag's are opportunistic piscivores that enjoy soft rayed fish, so fish meat is a good food item, but avoid feeding store bought feeders as they are a huge risk of parastic introduction. Hikari gold pellets, krill and earth worms make great foods as well.
Max sizes: Males- 15-16" Females- 12-13"
Water temperature: 74-84F
Water chemistry: 6.8-7.8
Minimum Tank: 75 gallon (48x18x20)
Species Description: Jag's are beautiful fish with a gold/yellowish back ground with black markings all over the body.
Sexing: Sexing this fish is very difficult when they are young because they all have black striping. The males will nearly if not completely vanish upon reaching maturity whereas the females stay with her throughout her life. The male is also gold with black speckles. Once mature males are larger than females as well. Males are also, larger and usually more colorful.
Breeding: Breeding jags is just like breeding many other cichlids. They are sexually mature by 4" and the female will lay up to 500 eggs on a flat surface such as slate. They tend to breed out in the open a majority of the time. The female will lay eggs while the male follows up and fertilizes them. The female then fans the eggs and the male guards the perimeter. The young hatch around 3-5 day's after being laid. They then become wigglers feeding on their yolk sac's. About 5-8 day's later they are free swimming and can be fed, micro worms, baby brine and crushed flake. The parents will feed them as well and they start out feeding on organic matter in well established tanks.