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Minimum Tank Size: 55 gallons Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Semi-aggressive Aquarium Hardiness: Hardy Water Conditions: 71-82° F, KH 5-25, pH 6.0-8.0 Max. Size: 6″ Color Form: Blue, Tan Diet: Omnivore Compatibility: OK with peaceful like size species Origin: Central and South America, Farm Raised Family: Cichlidae Lifespan: 7-10 years Aquarist Experience Level: Beginner
Minimum Tank Size: 100 gallons Care Level: Easy Temperament: Aggressive/territorial Aquarium Hardiness: Hardy Water Conditions: 77-81° F, pH 7.5-8.5 Max Size: 10" Color Form: Black and white Diet: Unfussy but live and frozen foods should comprise a large proportion of the diet. It particularly relishes invertebrates of any kind, such as brine shrimp, prawns and bloodworm, but is not a piscivore and will generally refuse fish meat. Origin: Africa; endemic to Lake Malawi. Family: Cichlidae Lifespan: 5-8 years Aquarist Experience Level: Intermediate
Minimum Tank Size: 300 gallons Care Level: Medium Temperament: Very aggressive Aquarium Hardiness: Hardy Water Conditions: 72-82° F, pH 6.5-7.8 Max Size: 2m Color Form: Same general colour pattern consisting of three darkly pigmented bands or blotches on the body. Irregularly placed spots may also be present on the body Diet: Larval foods such as bloodworm and also shrimp. larger morsels (including fish) can be offered as the fish grows. Compatibility: In nature, it is a truly excellent predator, typically hunting in groups. In captivity, exhibits very anti-social behaviour so introduce other (large) fishes with extreme care as it reportedly eats scales and fin parts of some large fish kept with it. Will eat anything smaller. Origin: Ganges in India, and the Mekong and Chao Phraya basins in Thailand Family: Sisoridae Lifespan: 5-10 years Aquarist Experience Level: Intermediate