Minckley’s Cichlid (Herichthys minckleyi)

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Minckley’s Cichlid

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Minckley’s Cichlid

Herichthys minckleyi

227 Litres (60 US G.)

16-18cm (6.3-7.1 ")




7.6 - 7.8

24.4-27.8°C (76 -82 °F)

55-55 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-10 years



Additional names

Minckley’s Cichlid

Additional scientific names

Cichlasoma minckleyi

Origin[edit | edit source]

Herichthys minckleyi originates from Cuatro Cienegas de Carranza in Mexico.[1] It has 3 feeding morphs; piscivorous, molluscivorous, and detritivorous. It was originally described as Cichlasoma minckleyi by Kornfield, Irving & J. Taylor in 1983. It is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as of 1996.[2]

Sexing[edit | edit source]

When breeding the male will turn black while the female turns white with black blotches.

Breeding[edit | edit source]

While not as large as its cousin, Herichthys cyanoguttatus, H. minckleyi still needs a large aquarium. Breeding success has been reported in tanks as small as 227 Litres (60 US G.), but over 379 Litres (100 US G.) is better.

Diet[edit | edit source]

In the wild, depending on their morph, they eat snails small fish or detritus. In the aquarium they can eat flakes and other prepared or live foods.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

This fish comes from clear shallow springs in Mexico. The water temperature is very warm and stable there (33.5-34°C (92.3-93.2°F) ).

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Herichthys minckleyi with Vieja argentea:

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