Redhead Cichlid, Vieja melanuraJuvenile. Fish caught out of a residential canal in the greater Miami, FL area, August Length:
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To other fishes they are rather peaceful but to fishes of their own kind they are very aggressive. A territory is made. The aquarium should be set up with driftwood, roots and stones because they need hiding places.
Comments: These are awesome fish that have wonderful coloration after they mature. Many aquarists think this is the most beautiful Central American Cichlid. But now Redheads live in aquariums all over the world. Maximum Size: In aquariums, they can to grow to be about 14" longwhichis too big for most aquariums.
Vieja melanurathe quetzal cichlidredhead cichlid or firehead cichlidis a species of cichlid native to Central America where it occurs in the Usumacinta River drainage in the countries of MexicoBelize and Guatemala. It is also popular in the aquarium trade. It is one of the most colourful cichlid species with males displaying metallic green, blue, pink and orange along their flanks.
The section is now dynamically updated from the NAS database to ensure that it contains the most current and accurate information. Occurrences are summarized in Table 1, alphabetically by state, with years of earliest and most recent observations, and the tally and names of drainages where the species was observed. The table contains hyperlinks to collections tables of specimens based on the states, years, and drainages selected.
The males of this species will gradually get larger and develop a hump on their head as well as developing a brighter color. It is also possible for the female to develop this hump. They prefer a temperature range of degrees and a pH of 6. They will accept a diet of live and dry foods, but we recommend our Small Pellet Fish Food.
Endemic to the River Usumacinta basin which covers areas to the west of Mexico and Guatemala, as well as extending into Belize. Tends to be found in still or slow-moving, lowland parts of rivers and also numerous lakes. For a pair of adult fish.