Salvini Cichlid (Cichlasoma salvini)

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Salvini Cichlid

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Salvini Cichlid

Cichlasoma salvini

208 Litres (55 US G.)

20.1-22.1cm (7.9-8.7 ")




7.0 - 8.0

22 -32 °C (71.6-89.6°F)

5-20 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years



Additional names

Salvini Cichlid, Yellow Belly Cichlid, Tricolour Cichlid

Additional scientific names

Heros salvini, Cichlasoma tenue, Heros triagramma


Central America: Atlantic slope, from southern Mexico to Guatemala and Belize.


Males are more colourful, with more contrast between the black and white patches, and have more pointed dorsal and anal fins than females. Females have a patch in the centre of their dorsal fins, and a dark spot at the bottom of their gill plates.

Tank compatibility[edit]

This is a highly predatory and territorial fish and should therefore only be housed with similar sized or larger robust fish in a large tank. If a fish is small enough to be eaten, it will be. Similar sized Central/South American Cichlids like Jack Dempseys may work, as would large Plecos, provided the tank was large enough.


A generally unfussy feeder and should readily accept a variety of foods. Should be fed a high quality Cichlid pellet as well as live/frozen foods such as bloodworm. It should be supplemented with vege foods too.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

Requires a spacious well filtered tank. Sand substrate is preferred with plenty of caves and hiding places in rocks and bogwood.


A territorial, predatory and aggressive Cichlid.


An attractive Cichlid. It is oval in shape, the body is yellow with a dark irregular band down the lateral line and slightly more slender one above, edged with blue iridescent scales. The fins are edged with blue and red, the head predominantly yellow-green and red hues along the belly. When viewed from the front there should be two dark bars between the eyes and a further two above before the dorsal fin.



Breeding pair with fry:

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