The Texas Cichlid (Herichthys cyanoguttatus), also known as Rio Grande Cichlid, is a beautiful, big, intelligent, and exotic fish species of the family Cichlidae. They are the only cichlid species that is native to the United States of America.
They are naturally found on the lower Rio Grande drainage in Texas near Brownsville and Northern Mexico. Their size, behavior, and stunning appearance make them a great choice for any aquarist.
When placing the Texas Cichlid in a home aquarium, one has to be fully informed of their behavior due to their potential aggression. They share a lot of similarities with other cichlids with their aggression and territorial behavior. The Texas Cichlid is an invasive fish species and is usually harmful to other fish in the same tank
The Texas Cichlid can grow up to 13 inches in length and will therefore require a huge tank for them to thrive. A tank of at least 55 gallons is recommended with water of temperature 68-75°F and a pH range of 6.5-7.5.
Rocks and roots for them to hide should be added into the aquarium with a fine sand bottom to act as a substrate. With proper care and appropriate tank conditions, the Texas Cichlid can live up to 13 years in captivity.
Scientific name: Herichthys cynoguttatus
Size at maturity: 1'
Breeding: egg layers
Texas Cichlids are omnivores with a very huge appetite and will appreciate both plant and meat-based foods. They are very easy to feed in a home aquarium since they are not very choosey.
To ensure the fish stays healthy and active, their diet should be diversified as much as possible.
The Texas Cichlid is very sturdy and does not require any additional nutritional supplements.
The Texas Cichlid is extremely aggressive and their unwelcoming attitude makes them an unlikely choice for a community tank. However, there are still fish that can live with them with very little to no conflict. Their friendliness usually depends on how large the tank is.
The Most compatible fish for the Texas Cichlid include:
The Texas Cichlids are very aggressive and highly territorial. They are not schooling fish and will hardly get along with each other let alone other fish species.
What fish can get along with the Texas Cichlid?
Despite the Texas Cichlids’ aggressiveness, there are fish species that can get along with them.
The most compatible fish species for the Texas Cichlid include Giant Gouramis, Plecos, Tambaqui, Eels, and the Knifefish.
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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