Emerald Cichlid (Hypselecara temporalis)

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Emerald Cichlid

Emerald Cichlid

Hypselecara temporalis

246 Litres (65 US G.)

20.3-30.5cm (8-12 ")




5.0 - 7.5

25 -30 °C (77-86°F)

3-20 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years



Additional names

Emerald Cichlid, Chocolate Cichlid

Additional scientific names

Acara crassa, Acara temporalis, Astronotus crassa, Cichlasoma arnoldi, Cichlasoma coryphaenoides, Cichlasoma crassa, Cichlasoma goeldii, Cichlasoma hellabrunni, Cichlasoma temporale, Chuco axelrodi, Heros crassa, Heros temporalis


South America: Amazon River basin, in the Ucayali and Amazon River drainages in Peru, the Amazonas River drainage in Colombia, the Solimôes-Amazon River in Brazil, east to Cametá, also rivers of Amapá, Brazil, and the Oyapock River basin in Brazil.


Males are larger than females with elongated fins.

Tank compatibility[edit]

These fish are best kept in male/female pairs in species tanks. They can be kept with other robust similar-sized South American Cichlids such as Severums and Festivums provided the tank is large.


An omnivorous Cichlid that will appreciate most foods including pellet and flake as well as brine shrimp, ghost shrimp and daphnia as well as blanched vegetables.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

Needs a spacious tank with hiding places in bogwood. Prefers softer water and does not appreciate strong currents nor bright lighting.


A generally peaceful Cichlid for its size, however, will fight with its own kind.


Similar to Hypselecara coryphaenoides. The body is rounded and egg-shaped, it is mottled brown-yellow in colour with large orange to red eyes. The fins range in colour from red to yellow. There is usually a large black mark on the flanks towards the rear of the fish.



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