The Green Terror Cichlid (Andinoacara rivulatus) is a unique and colorful freshwater fish originating from the Pacific side of South America and inhabiting the tropical basins of Peru and Ecuador.
They are popular among aquarists due to their magnificent colors and patterns. Despite its name, the fish is not only green.
Green Terror Cichlids are part of the Cichlid family and are thus prone to aggressive behaviors. These species are very aggressive and territorial, and females are often more aggressive than males, especially during spawning season.
Growing to around 8 inches in an aquarium, the Green Terror Cichlid requires a relatively sizeable tank of about 35 gallons which would provide enough room for them to roam since they are free swimmers.
To replicate their natural environment, water should be kept at 68°F to 80°F with neutral pH of 6.5-8.0. Large rocks, sand, and driftwood should be added to the aquarium as substrate.
The average Green Terror Cichlid has a lifespan of about 7 to 10 years in an aquarium.
Green Terror Cichlids are classic omnivores and very opportunistic eaters that like a diverse diet of foods. They are not picky when it comes to food which allows experimentation with all kinds of foods.
For their main supply, the Green Terror Cichlids can be provided with high-quality fish pellets or flakes, and live or frozen foods can be added as supplements.
Green Terror Cichlids are overly aggressive and hence choosing their tank mates becomes trickier. These species are better kept with other fish that are of similar size and temperament.
Most suitable tankmates for the Green Terror Cichlids are:
Other Green Terror Cichlids can also be kept in the tank, and it is recommended to keep them in bonded pairs of males and females.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Green Terror Cichlids aggressive?
The Green Terror Cichlids are very aggressive and territorial. They become more aggressive and territorial as they become older and when they are spawning. Females are also usually more aggressive than males.
How big do Green Terror Cichlids get?
The Green Terror Cichlid grows to around 8 inches in an aquarium. However, when kept in very large tanks, they tend to grow larger than that. In the wild, they can grow up to 12 inches.
What fish can live with the Green Terror Cichlid?
Due to the Green Terror Cichlids’ overly aggressive and territorial behaviors, very few other fish species are compatible with them. Some of those fish include; Fire Mouths, Flowerhorns, Plecos, Gars, Silver Dollars, and Pacus.
While this is a rare occurrence, it can and will happen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that every one will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fish arrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag within 2 hours of the delivery time of your fish. We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem.
We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We can replace fish butshipping costs is the responsibilityof the buyer.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures,within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolve the issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
Most Shipments will be 2-day unless otherwise noted. We shipfish on Mondays and Tuesdays only (excluding holidays) to ensure fish arrive before weekends. This allows us to completely prepare the fish for shipping andensure they are healthy prior to arriving at your door. All fish will be shipped with oxygenated water and specific additives in the water to ensurethey maintain their health and stability during shipment. Depending on the species of fish and current weather conditions, the fish may arrive with a heat pack or ice pack to maintain the optimal temperature which further ensures thehealth and safety of your fish. All costs of shipping (postage, packaging,heat/ice packs, etc.) are included in the Shipping fee. We ship to only thecontinental United States and are unable to ship to P.O. boxes, must bephysical address.
"The fish I received do not look like the fish in thepicture. Why is this?"
- We typically take photographs of one or two fish when we initially get them in. Since we have a large quantity of most of the various species of fish, it would be understandably impossible to provide a picture ofevery individual fish with a specific species. For some of our more rare orlarger fish, the picture listed may be the actual fish that you are receiving.If this is the case, it will be designated by ?WYSIWYG?, meaning ?what you see,is what you get?.
"What happens if my fish arrive dead?"
- While this is a rare occurrence, it can and willhappen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that everyone will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fisharrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag.We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem. We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We will reship any replacement fish at the buyer's expense.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures, within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolvethe issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
"What if I'm not home when the fish arrive?"
- We will always provide you with a tracking number. While the fish are packaged to survive about 72+ hours within the shipping containers, we do ask that you make arrangements to arrive home to inspect your fish as soon as possible after they are delivered to your home. Itis always suggested to provide an area for the delivery person to place the boxthat is out of direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
"What do I do with my fish once I've unpacked them?"
- Like you would with any new fish, let the entire bag float in your tank for 15-30 minutes. This allows the temperature withinthe bag to adjust to the same as your tank and will reduce temperature shock onthe fish. After this time, you can add all of the fish and water that is in thebag into your tank. The products used within the water for shipping will notharm any existing fish within your tank and actually makes the transition foryour new fish a bit easier. After this, expect your new fish to take a few daysto become fully adjusted, this includes hiding, floating at the top, sinking tothe bottom, and not eating. After a few days, your new fish should be acting aswimming like they normally would. At this point, enjoy your aquarium!
"I want to return my new fish because x,y,z?"
- Unfortunately, we are unable to accept returns.We do recommend contacting us via email with yourorder number and as much information as possible. We will try to assist you inresolving whatever the issue may be.
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