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Tiger Guapote
Tiger Guapote

Scientific Name: Cichlasoma managuense

Origin: Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica

Family: Cichlidae

Other Names: Nandopsis managuensis, Parapetenia managuensis, Parachromis managuensis

Technical Info

Temperature: 24 - 26 ℃

pH: 6.8 - 7.2

GH: 3 - 7

Max size: 50 cm

Min Tank size: 800 Ltr

Position in Aqua: No special swimming level



This fish is very intolerant and aggressive to species of their own kind. You should keep them as a pair. It is not wise to keep them together with smaller fish, because they think it is food. The aquarium should be set up with driftwood, roots and stones. Plants cannot be used because they dig a lot in the substrate. A territory is made.



You should give them large live food such as insects, earthworms and small fish.



Breeding is only successful with a good matching couple. Up to 5000 eggs are laid and fertilized on a previously cleaned stone. After a week the young fishes are swimming free. Both parents care for the fry by which the male mostly defends the territory. The young fishes can be raised with baby brine shrimp.


Compatible with

A territorial fish that is an active predator. The Managuense is intolerant of its own species. Combine with other large, robust fish, especially cichlids. Pairs form nuclear families and are fine parents. Cichlasomines, other South American cichlids, Loricarids, Pimelodids, large Characins, Hemichromis, Tilapia.



The Managuense grows to a very large size. It must be regularly fed live foods to keep it from picking on smaller tank mates.