Jaguar Cichlid 3-4 inch (parachromis Managuensis) (wild caught)
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ar cichlid (Parachromis managuensis, earlier addressed as Cichlasoma managuense) or managuense cichlid is a large, raptorial, but very beautiful fish, and it is good for large cichlid fans.Unlike other cichlid fishes jaguar cichlid obtains the most of its color when it becomes reproductive.For example, the juveniles have noticeable black bands on their body and the mature fish becomes spotted, so due to these spots they got their “jaguar” name.In the wild managuense fish max size is about 60 cm and it weighs about several kilos. In a tank the fish grows significantly smaller – about 40 cm in length.Because of its size and aggressive temper it’s better to keep jaguar cichlid separately from other fishes in a biotope which is reminding it the basins of Central America and surely, one should avoid keeping the fish in a tank with small and less aggressive fish as a tank mate.￼￼￼Contents [hide]1 Habitat in the wild2 Description3 Difficulties in keeping4 Feeding5 Care and keeping in a tank6 Compatibility7 Sex differences8 BreedingHabitat in the wildManaguense cichlid was first described by Gunther in 1867. Earlier the fish had the following names – Nandopsis managuense and Cichlasoma managuense. Central America is jaguar cichlid habitat. Nicaragua basins, namely Managua Lake is where the fish comes from.Now managuense cichlid inhabits in the Lakes of Mexico, Panama, Guatemala, Singapore, Florida state (USA), Salvador since it was brought here by fisherman.This caused damage to local flora and fauna due to relatively unsociable temper and unrestrained gluttony of the fish.Although it inhabits in different waters from lakes with light ground and thickly covered with plants to fast rivers and tributaries. They tend to inhabit in warm waters where there’s usually little of dissolved oxygen.DescriptionManaguense jaguar cichlid has an elongated, flat from sides and a bit oval body, which immediately shows that it is a raptorial feeder adapted to an aggressive assault.In the wild the fish max size is about 60 cm and it weighs about several kilos. In a tank jaguar cichlid size is a bit smaller – jaguar guapote fish male size is about 40 cm and female – about 35 cm, however considering just these sizes allows to call this fish one of the largest cichlid fishes that can be kept in amateurs’ tank.Jaguar guapote fish average lifespan is 15 years, but provided with good care it can live longer.“Jaguar’s” body is elongated, a bit flat from sides and it has a silvery background with spots of black or dark-brown color scattered on it.Due to these spots the fish got another common name reminding about a good looker in a cat family – spotted guapote cichlid. The pattern of spots on the body and their shape vary a lot.It’s very difficult to find two fishes with the same pattern of body spots. The head is big with a large mouth and full lips. Jaguar cichlid has pharyngeal teeth to haunt and sharp “beams” on the fins to protect itself from other raptorial feeders.Difficulties in keepingJaguar cichlid care isn’t difficult, if the necessity of having a big tank and powerful filters isn’t considered a a problem.Of course, this fish isn’t for beginners. It’s very large, aggressive and it’s a raptorial feeder.FeedingManaguense cichlid is a raptorial feeder.The fish feeds on everything that moves and that it can put into its mouth. It can be fed with small feeder fishes. During one meal one mature jaguar cichlid can consume up to 10 mature swordtails.Managuense cichlid can be fed with large blood worms, earthworms, prawns, large insects, small reptiles, frog larvas, meat farce, big flakes of dry feed, even mause or big goldfish. The fish should have one meal in a day and it’s possible to make one day in a week a hunger day.