Above: In this picture a young Premium Vieja Melanura Cichlid is swimming in one of our aquariums, when one of us snapped this picture.
Comments: These are awesome fish with great coloring.
Origin: The ancestors of these Melanura came from Guatamala. But now they live in aquariums all over the world.
Maximum Size: In aquariums, they are able to grow to be about 16" long.
Behaviors: Melanura are aggressive, and they can be territorial.
Compatibility: These fish do best in a species only tank, but can do well with similar cichlid species. Click here to read more about compatible groups of pet fish.
Temperature: Melanura live best from about 75 to 80-degrees F. with 78 being perhaps ideal. Click here to learn about aquarium temperature, aquarium thermometers, and aquarium heaters.
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 larger Click here to learn more about and shop online for premium fish foods.
Water Conditions: These fish can adapt to most types of water, and so as usual it's best not to try to change the pH or alkalinity. Click here for a lot more information about aquarium water conditions.
Aquarium Size: Melanura will eventually need to live in an aquarium with at least 100-gallons of water, but of course bigger is better.
Click here for more about aquarium gravel.
Better is a 100, 120, 150, or 200-gallon aquarium with as many Penguin 350B Filters as will fit across the back.
All of our fish are Premium Quality Fish from the best suppliers in the world. Our fish have better health, more energy and brighter colors, as you can see in our pictures on this website.
We have 380-aquariums with lots-and-lots of popular aquarium fish plus lots-and-lots of rare fish!
We consider ourselves to be the link between the world's best sources of fish and the world's best customers. We love our work, and we are very responsible about caring for our fish and then shipping them carefully.
We also offer lots and lots of information about keeping and caring for pet fish, all from the knowledge of the Bailey Brothers, who have a combined total of 100+ years of experience as breeders, wholesalers, and retailers of pet fish!
Our fish and our customers are treated with the best of care, and we work energetically everyday to make sure every customer enjoys their new fishy friends.
When you purchase pet fish from us, you know you're receiving premium quality fish and premium quality service.
"Received my fish last night and was so pleased! They all arrived alive and appeared to be healthy.
"Once in the tank, they became very active and are now thriving in their new home.
"Beautiful fish, I asked for color and aquariumfish delivered. Processing and shipping was extremely quick."
Nevin and DrTom, the Bailey Brothers
This website is owned and operated by the Bailey Brothers, DrTom and Nevin, who've been together in the fish business for more than 50-years.
The Product Manager has been with the company for more than 35-years.
So we feel very confident that this is the fishiest crew anywhere.