Species group: Cichlids
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Scientific name: Amphilophus citrinellus
Amphilophus citrinellus is a large Cichlid native to Costa Rica and Nicaragua in Central America. The Midas Cichlid is closely related to the Red Devil Cichlid (Amphilophus labiatus), but has a more robust, stouter body, and a blunter head. Midas Cichlids are responsive towards their owners and usually develop strong relationships. They exhibit curious and outgoing personalities and can be hand-fed very easily in tanks.
Coloration in wild Midas Cichlids varies, and can range from grey to olive brown, with pink, yellow or orange. The Midas Cichlid, however, is named for its most common orange-gold color.
They are quite aggressive towards smaller fish.
Large tanks are best; however, a minimum tank capacity of 75 gallons is suitable for the Midas. The tank should be well laid out with rocks and stable stone structures so the fish can create natural territorial borders. Midas Cichlids also need a lot of space to swim. They can be housed with larger tropical fishes in a community tank, but because of their somewhat aggressive nature, they are best kept individually. Midas Cichlids also have a reputation for uprooting aquarium plants.