Jaguar cichlid is one of the most popular as well as colourful varieties of cichlid which is the favourite of aquarists. It is really aggressive just like its rebellious name suggests and they should not be put in a small tank. During breeding period, aggressive behaviour of Jaguar cichlid reaches its maximum and they may attack larger species. Jaguar cichlid lives for fifteen years and it can reach sizes over twelve inches. Female varieties of Jaguar cichlid will rarely exceed twelve inches in size and they need a relatively large aquarium.
Water temperature of a Jaguar cichlid keeping aquarium should be kept between 77 Degree Fahrenheit and 97 Degree Fahrenheit with a pH level between 7.0 and 8.7. Replicating natural environment of Jaguar cichlid is a must for reducing the aggressive behaviour of Jaguar cichlid. Natural environment in the context of home aquarium refers to their habitat, aquatic plants, types of driftwood and the pace of current. As a predatory fish, Jaguar cichlid prefers live food and pellets. Aquarists should ensure that they can meet the special requirements of Jaguar cichlid before keeping them in home or community aquarium. Jaguar cichlid is native to freshwater habitats in Central America, especially in Honduras and Costa Rica.