Above: In the picture, several young Premium Bahia Kelberi Peacock Bass Cichlid are swimming in one of our aquariums, when one of us snapped this picture.
Origin: The ancestors of this fish lived in Central America or Northern South America, but now they live in aquariums and ponds throughout the world.
Maximum Size: This is one of the smaller types of Peacock Bass, growing to be about 14" In very large aquariums.
Other types of Peacock Bass can grow to be about 24" to 30" long, including their tails, which is a very large size.
These fish also live in ponds.
Behaviors: Peacock Bass are usually not too aggressive but from time to time males have long energetic battles.
This fish will gulp down any fish that will fit into its mouth.
Compatibility: Some recommended tank mates include other large South American Cichlids, Synodontis Catfish, and large Plecostomus.
They will eat anything that will fit in their mouths.
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Temperature: Peacock Bass live best from about 75 to 80-degrees F. with 78 being perhaps ideal.
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Feeding: Premium Fish Food Pellets is the best food for this fish.
Smaller sized pellets when small, and larger sized pellets when larger.
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Water Conditions: These fish can adapt to many water conditions, and so as usual it's best not to try to change the pH or hardness.
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Aquarium Size: when small a few Peacock Bass can live for a while in an aquarium with 30 to 60-gallons of water but will soon need a much bigger aquarium.
Eventually a single Peacock Bass will need a huge aquarium with at least 250-gallons of water.
An even bigger aquarium or pond is best.
Decor: most Peacock Bass eventually live in a pond or a bare aquarium with no gravel or plants.
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Live plants are beautiful and improve the water quality, but Peacock Bass will usually rip plants up, so most aquariums with large Peacock Bass do not have rooted plants but sometimes do have floating plants.
Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended for aquariums up to about 250-gallons.
A 30 to 60-gallon aquarium with one or two Penguin 350B Filters is a good home for a few small Peacock Bass.
But soon they'll need a much bigger aquarium with as many Penguin 350B Filters as will fit across the back.
Eventually this fish will need to live in a large pond or in an aquarium with at least 500-gallons of water and a more complicated filter.
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The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range.
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Life Span: Peacock Bass can live for several years.
Keep the water conditions excellent and feed them premium foods, and they can live for many years.
Gender: It's difficult to tell males from females, but a male will grow larger with longer more pointed fins, more coloration, and usually grow a bump on his head.
Breeding: Peacock Bass are Substrate Spawners, the female lays eggs in the substrate usually on some flat rocks, then the male fertilizes eggs, and both the male and female protect the eggs.
We've found no reports of them reproducing in an aquarium, but they have been spawned many times in ponds by skillful fish farmers.
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Popularity: These fish are very popular game fish and are stocked in ponds to be caught with fishing poles.
They are also surprisingly popular as aquarium fish.
Names: The scientific name for the Bahia Peacock Bass is Cichla ocellaris .
Variations: There are many variations of the Peacock Bass fish, and these variations are now thought to be closely related.
Some experts think there are just a few species but other experts think there are several species.
We hope you've enjoyed reading these comments.
DrT - 01/21/2015
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