Your New Jaguar Cichlid
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Jaguar or managuense -- a great looking BIG cichlid.
Origins: As the managuense name implies, these guys originally came from
Name Origin: The “jaguar” in their common name refers to their spotted body patterns somewhat like the fur-bearing jaguars. These spots and/or blotches vary considerably.
Water Conditions: Jaguars readily adapt to a wide variety of water conditions. They color best when kept in clean water. Frequent water changes help bring out the violet sheen that makes them such knockouts at maturity.
Appeal: Besides looking pretty, these guys eat like there’s no tomorrow. They hit goldfish like a bass hitting a plug. Most fans like them because of their huge appetites. Others like the way they look. In a way, they resemble our black crappies. Pretty.
Size: Adults easily exceed a foot when kept in large aquaria. They grow larger than oscars if given 50 gallons of water per fish. Frequent water changes help them grow.
Jumpers: For some strange reason Jaguars like to bail. You’d expect them to jump if kept with other biters and fighters. However, jaguars bail even when kept alone. Keep them tightly covered or expect to find them on the floor. A layer of duckweed on the top decreases their jumping activity. A well-secured cover works even better.
Tank Mates: Looking for a mixer with other large cichlids? Mix your jaguars with other large, rowdy cichlids. Remember that big fish eat smaller fish. And if they can’t swallow them, big fish beat little fish.
Foods: Feeding jaguars
presents no problem. They love
goldfish, crayfish, and nightcrawlers.
They eagerly eat frozen plankton and krill.
Ditto the freeze-dried ones. They
also eat pellets. Give them
pellets with carotenes to bring out their color.
Josue (12 years old) Martinez, February 1, 2007
Hey, I just looked at the jaguar cichlid page and they don't just hit goldfish hard. They hit crickets hard too. And I was wondering if you could put this on your page in the blue box or whatever, so other visitors can see this just in case they did not know.
A: You got it. LA
Gravel Choice: Darker gravels will darken your jaguar cichlids. Light gravels bleach them out. Darker gravels also brings out that purple/violet (or whatever color) sheen.
Plants: Like all large cichlids, jaguars will rip up live plants. They also uproot plastic plants. If you use plastic plants, glue gravel onto their bases to keep them from floating. Glue on the gravel with aquarium sealer. Use the same color as your other gravel and your plants will always look planted.
Disease/Problems: You’re more likely to see problems from dirty water rather than anything else.
Breeding. You can breed jaguars fairly easily (but not as easily as convicts), if you give them plenty of room. You need a male and a female at least five inches long. Provide some flat areas for them to spawn on. Give the female some extra cover in case she’s not quite as ready as he is. They care for the eggs and care for the fry very nicely. If you used a dither fish during the bonding process get it out once you see their eggs or fry. No plecostomids, of course. They eat the eggs at night.
Fry Care. The diligent parents fan the eggs. Once they hatch, they may move them to hide them from you. Start feeding the fry when they start swimming. Since they lay huge quantities of eggs (500+ and up, way up), you will need huge quantities of fry food and lots of room.
Filtration: You cannot over filter your managuense. LA.
Go to More Jaguars for more photos.
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