Topaz Cichlid (Archocentrus myrnae)


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A close relative of the common Convict Cichlid. They share a similar body shape but have a different coloration. Males are silver-tan with a blue metallic sheen and yellow markings near the eyes and pectoral fins. Females are also silver-tan and have a dark spot on their dorsal fin. When spawning, their lower half turns black and a large copper colored spot appears. While small, the Topaz cichlid can be fairly aggressive, therefore they should be kept alone in pairs or with other Central American cichlids of similar size or larger. Their aggression increases when spawning as they display excellent parental care. Pairs will spawn in a cave or on a flat surface with both parents guarding the fry. The female’s maternal instincts are so strong that sometimes they will steal fry from conspecifics. All of these factors make the Topaz cichlid an excellent candidate for a breeding project.

Scientific Name: Archocentrus myrnae

Common Name: Topaz Cichlid

Max Size: 3-4"

pH: 7.0-8.5

Hardness: Moderately soft

Temperature: 75-80°

Aggressiveness: Aggressive

Region of Origin: South America

Captive Bred or Wild: Captive Bred

Diet: Flake or pellet, frozen and live food

Compatibility: Alone, in pairs, or with similarly sized Central or South American cichlids


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