Manguense Cichlid (Parachromis managuense)

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Manguense Cichlid

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Manguense Cichlid

Parachromis managuense

379 Litres (100 US G.)

30.5-45.7cm (12-18 ")




7.0 - 8.2

23.9-25.6°C (75 -78 °F)

10-15 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

8-10 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Jaguar Cichlid, Manguense Cichlid, Managua Cichlid, Guapote Tigre, Aztec Cichlid, Spotted Guapote, Jaguar Guapote

Additional scientific names

Parachromis gulosus, Cichlasoma managuense, Cichlasoma managueuse, Herichthys managuense, Heros managuensis, Nandopsis managuense


Central America: Atlantic slope from the Ulua River (Honduras) to the Matina River (Costa Rica).


As with most Cichlids sexing is a problem, most people agreeing that the best visual guide to sexing jaguars is that the male will eventually lose the thick black band running laterally down their body whereas the female will not. In their mature state, the male will have a body full of spots while the female will still have the black lateral bar.

Tank compatibility[edit]

Theoretically compatible with any aggressive American Cichlid, until large enough to eat them, however please note that in the wild this fish is known to kill and eat other fish up to and including its size, for this reason a species tank best suits this Cichlid. Even when only a male and female are in the tank, the males are known to injure and sometimes kill the female.


Will accept most foods including live/frozen foods such as bloodworm, shrimp, krill and earthworms. Will eat small fish but store-bought feeder fish and especially goldfish are not recommended. Readily accept pellet foods, but tend to be messy eaters.

Feeding regime[edit]

Has quite an appetite, best to feed twice a day

Environment specifics[edit]

A large and well filtered tank is ideal with dimmed lighting and plenty of hiding places provided in bogwood and branches.


A large and aggressive Cichlid, best in a species tank for this reason.


Longer than average body and very large mouth for an American Cichlid. Vertical dark brown/bronze-gold stripes when young, turns to dark bars and iridescent speckling when older.



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