Acquired: Fish / pet store,
Worked with fish (didn’t own)
Portland, California, United States
Posted Sep 09, 2015
This is a very hearty little cichlid. But don't let the name scare you they are not as aggressive as all the others, They go well in most community aquariums. They get up to 3" and should be housed in a 30 gallon or larger. They enjoy plants and decorations to hide in. Despite liking places to hide they will usually remain out and about once comfortable in an aquarium.
They are omnivores and will graze algae and gobble worms when offered. A good pellet or flake will do them fine too. Their best colors will come out when a little of all these foods are available.
I kept mine in a 55 gallon with logs, rocks, and plants to hide in. Their tank mates included tetras, cory cats, and a pleco. Besides the occasional chase across the tank everyone got along well and there were no injuries or casualties.