Green Terror (Andinoacara rivulatus)

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"Gold Saum" False Green Terror

Andinoacara rivulatus

250 Litres (66 US G.)

22.9-33cm (9-13 ")

sg

Freshwater

pH

6.5 - 7.5

20 -24 °C (68-75.2°F)

10-20 °d

1:2 M:F

Omnivore
Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years

Family

Cichlidae

This animal is available captive bred



Additional names

False Green Terror, Gold Saum

Additional scientific names

Acara aequinoctialis, Acara rivulata, Chromis rivulatus, Aequidens rivulatus


Origin[edit | edit source]

South America: Pacific slope from the Esmeraldas River in Ecuador to the Tumbes River in Peru.


Sexing[edit | edit source]

Males are much more colourful, larger and develop a nuchal hump as they mature.

Breeding[edit | edit source]

Green Terror's are substrate spawners and caring parents. They form a bond at a young age, mature fish are more difficult to bond.


Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Green Terrors are best kept alone or with a few small dither fish (which may get eaten) or robust catfish such as Plecos in a 208 Litres (55 US G.) or more. If you wish to keep them with other species of Cichlid you'll need at least a 379 Litres (100 US G.) or more to allow for territories. This fish can really live up to its common name!


Diet[edit | edit source]

They will accept most foods including pellet and flake as well as live/frozen food such as brine shrimp.


Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

3 times daily for juveniles (12.7cm (5") and smaller)
2 times daily for adults (12.7cm (5") and larger)
Only feed small amounts, only what they can eat in 2 minutes.


Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

A well-filtered tank is a must. They enjoy thick rockery and robust plants as well as several pieces of driftwood.


Behaviour[edit | edit source]

An aggressive fish, and should be kept with fish of the same or larger size only in a huge tank. While it is aggressive, it is not as aggressive as the Jaguar Cichlid. Being Cichlids, they do dig, and plants will probably get uprooted in the process. Best kept solo.


Identification[edit | edit source]

A very attractive fish, with yellow/orange edging to the fins. It is an oval-shaped fish with a rounded caudal fin. The dorsal is pointed. The upper back is dark-green with the flanks being iridescent paler green. The body is generally quite iridescent giving the impression of several colours and bars.
Often misidentified as Andinoacara stalsbergi.

Pictures[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Aggressive Green Terror:

External links[edit | edit source]