Salvini Cichlid (Cichlasoma salvini)

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Salvini Cichlid

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Salvini Cichlid

Cichlasoma salvini

208 Litres (55 US G.)

20.1-22.1cm (7.9-8.7 ")




7.0 - 8.0

22 -32 °C (71.6-89.6°F)

5-20 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years



Additional names

Salvini Cichlid, Yellow Belly Cichlid, Tricolour Cichlid

Additional scientific names

Heros salvini, Cichlasoma tenue, Heros triagramma

Origin[edit | edit source]

Central America: Atlantic slope, from southern Mexico to Guatemala and Belize.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Males are more colourful, with more contrast between the black and white patches, and have more pointed dorsal and anal fins than females. Females have a patch in the centre of their dorsal fins, and a dark spot at the bottom of their gill plates.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

This is a highly predatory and territorial fish and should therefore only be housed with similar sized or larger robust fish in a large tank. If a fish is small enough to be eaten, it will be. Similar sized Central/South American Cichlids like Jack Dempseys may work, as would large Plecos, provided the tank was large enough.

Diet[edit | edit source]

A generally unfussy feeder and should readily accept a variety of foods. Should be fed a high quality Cichlid pellet as well as live/frozen foods such as bloodworm. It should be supplemented with vege foods too.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Requires a spacious well filtered tank. Sand substrate is preferred with plenty of caves and hiding places in rocks and bogwood.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A territorial, predatory and aggressive Cichlid.

Identification[edit | edit source]

An attractive Cichlid. It is oval in shape, the body is yellow with a dark irregular band down the lateral line and slightly more slender one above, edged with blue iridescent scales. The fins are edged with blue and red, the head predominantly yellow-green and red hues along the belly. When viewed from the front there should be two dark bars between the eyes and a further two above before the dorsal fin.

Pictures[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Breeding pair with fry:

External links[edit | edit source]