to see several more pictures of this species.
Origin: The ancestors
of these Maskaheros Argentea live on the eastern slope of Southern Mexico.
But now they live in aquariums all over the world.
Maximum Size: In aquariums they can grow to be
and they can be territorial, especially when preparing to breed, breeding, or protecting their babies.
Compatibility: These fish do best in a species only tank,
but can also do well with similar cichlid species.
here to read more about compatible groups of pet fish.
Argentea live best from about 76 to
82-degrees F. with 78 being perhaps ideal.
here to learn about aquarium temperature, aquarium thermometers, and
Feeding: Premium Fish Food Pellets is the best
food for this Cichlid to eat.
It's best to feed them small pellets when they're young, then gradually
increase the size, as they grow large
here to learn more about and shop online for premium fish foods.
Water Conditions: These fish can adapt to most types of
water, so as usual it's best not to try to change the pH or alkalinity.
here for a lot more information about aquarium water conditions.
will eventually need to live in an aquarium with at least
100-gallons of water,
but of course bigger
Argentea do not need gravel, and a layer of gravel
more than 1/4" thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will
contaminate the water.
here for more about aquarium gravel.
Live plants are beautiful and improve the water
quality, but this fish will usually dig plants up, so most aquariums with
Argentea do not have live plants.
They like medium size gravel about the size of rice mixed with a few aquarium-safe
Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters
are highly recommended.
Most 80-gallon aquariums have room along the back for at least two
Penguin 350B Filters, and this is sort of the minimum
set up for adult
Better is a 100, 120, 150, or 200-gallon aquarium with as many Penguin 350B
Filters as will fit across the back.
here to learn more about aquarium filters.
The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates
in the ideal range.
here to learn more about using Lava Rocks in aquariums.
Life Span: Argentea can live for
Keep the water conditions excellent and feed them premium foods, and they may breed and produce the next generation of fish for your aquarium.
Gender: It's nearly impossible to tell males from females
just by looking at them, when they're young.
But when they mature, the male
will start to color up, and his fins will be more pointed than a female's,
and females are smaller and plumper.
female stays smaller while the male grows to be large and starts to grow
a hump on his head.
here for a lot more about
breeding various tropical fish in aquariums.
Name: currently the scientific name is Maskaheros Argentea.
Variations: There may be geographic variations in the patterns of this species, but we haven't seen them.
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