Chocolate Cichlid (Hypselecara coryphaenoides)

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Chocolate Cichlid

Hypselecara coryphaenoides

246 Litres (65 US G.)

15-22.1cm (5.9-8.7 ")




5.0 - 6.0

22 -30 °C (71.6-86°F)

0-5 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years



Additional names

Chocolate Cichlid, Rio Negro Chocolate Cichlid

Tank compatibility[edit]

A large and potentially aggressive Cichlid. Prefers to be kept in groups and tank mates must be of similar size and equally robust.


A carnivorous cichlid that appreciates a meaty diet such as earthworms, shrimp and fish.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

Must be kept in an acidic or blackwater environment. Will rearrange the tank, so only keep with solid decor and tough well-rooted plants. Appreciate large open swimming space and needs excellent filtration.


This fish is able to change its colouration depending on mood but it is generally dark-brown to black with a blotch centred above the lateral line and extending into the base of the soft dorsal fin. The body is elongate with a gradually elevated profile.


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