Article Completed by – JK87
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Jaguar cichlid, Jag, Manguense, Mang,
The males are far more colorful than females. Markings are everything
in the jaguar cichlid world.
These fish, if kept as a pair, will need at least 75gallons of water.
A tank of 5ftx2ftx2ft is a good size if you would like to keep a single
specimen with other aggressive fish. Lots of rocks, caves, and plants
are needed for these fish as they do like to hide and will need a
place to sleep at night. If not given a place they will dig a nice
BIG pit for themselves. A lot of people wonder why the plants get
uprooted and torn apart, well it is mainly as they don’t have
a place to call home and are making one. A ph of around 6.5 - 7.5
is good, but isn’t necessary if it has been acclimatized to
your water at you lfs.
There isn’t a sure answer. Females grow to around 13/4inches
and males can get to 15/16inches+. The biggest I have heard and seen
a picture of is an 18inch monster but they are rare.
24-26oC (72-79 o F).
Before breeding starts, the male will establish a territory and breeding
area (either a cave or flat surface). Typical courtship of gill flaring,
fin displaying and body shaking and even fighting can follow. The
Female will lay eggs in the carefully clean rock, or dug out pit in
a cave, followed by the male to fertilize them. This will be done
repeatedly until all the eggs are laid and fertilized. Both the male
and the female will be very protective at this stage. Young adults
can lay a few hundreds while large adults can have up to a thousand
or more. The parents are very aggressive at this stage towards tank
mates if there’s any and anything moving that comes near their
tank. The mother usually tends the fry while the male guards the territory.
Fry are free-swimming after a week. At this time, they can be newly
brine shrimps and finely crushed flakes. A compatible pair will breed
almost every month as long as they are given with high quality food
including some live fish coupled with frequent partial water change.
I have found them to be a good fish for a person wanting a fish that
has the potential to be very aggressive and provide a challenge to
keep with other fish. I am lucky another to have done this and to
have had my pair lay eggs. I truly believe that these fish need to
be fed live fish once a month or so, which is why I breed guppies.
Feeding live fish will let the fish keeper see them acting naturally,
hiding then darting out. You just don’t see this from feeding
prawns or other prepared foods. My jags main diet is prawn, pellets
and bloodworm. These guys can swallow a whole cube of bloodworm in
1second and have a massive appetite. I have my pair in with two big
catfish and a green terror that keeps its distance. I have loads of
filtration on my tank which is a must and are fed once every 3days
or so. I strongly advise you to think before buying these fish. Ideally
for the advanced aquarist.