Mayaheros beani (Green Guapote, Sonoran cichlid)

This species are wonderful 'monster fish' cichlids. They are usually green with golden yellow across the dorsal surface and the unpaired fins. Their actual colour can vary depending on mood, presenting with anything from dark greens through to yellow hues. Vertical bands are apparent on the flanks though these can fade away at times.

Once quite common in the aquarium trade, the cichlid is now quite rare, making it one of the most desirable and hardest-to-obtain cichlids on any cichlid-lovers wish list.

There are no reliable sex differences, though males tend to be larger.


Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

A robust, aggressive, and territorial species. Tolerant of a wide range of water chemistry conditions including brackish water. Potentially predatory. Likes to dig and will uproot plants.

These cichlids are voracious feeders on live fishes, insects, and crustaceans. In the aquarium their diet should replicate that, in combination with a staple dry pellet or flake food.

Not a commonly kept species nor regularly spawned in captivity, though its breeding behaviour is similar to other members of the genus. Its large size and nasty temperament makes establishing pairs a challenge.

However it is worth noting that both parents will protect and defend their eggs and larvae.

Family Group: South and Central American Cichlids
Distribution Mexico
Temperature 24-26C
Size 30 cm
Water Parameters Adaptable, but avoid extremes
Water PH 7.0-7.5
Diet Special Needs
Schooling Fish No
Water Chemistry More than pH 7 - Alkaline
Care Level Difficult
Sociability Aggressive

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