Green Texas Cichlid
The Green Texas Cichlid’s name itself gives away its color, a bright and unique green (with a few black spots throughout its body). It comes in various forms of green, some including light yellow - green, greenish bluish or even a teal mixture.
Some also drop the “Green” in its name and simply call it the “Texas Cichlid” instead. Its original scientific classifier name was the “Cichlasoma cyanoguttatum”, which later got changed to the “Herichthys cyanoguttatus”. Its green and turquoise spots can’t be missed and certainly stand out when it moves about in the water.
The one - of - a - kind Green Texas Cichlid first came from Texas (hence the other half of the name), mainly found within the Rio Grande’s lowest drainage hot spots. You can also find it along Brownsville and even, in some cases, North Eastern Mexico.
This fish starts small, in origin, but can then even grow up to a full 13 inches, at best (which is about 33, in measurements of cm, respectively). The waters it originally came from have been known to be about 68 and 82 °F in temperature and are where it thrives best (so emulate this room temperature in your tank, if at all possible).
The diet of this special fellow would be none other than an omnivorous one altogether: The good thing is that it’s one of the hungry kinds and can chow down anything you give, so offer some food and find it ‘gone’ in seconds! Frozen food, plant - based pellets or flakes, throw it all in and call it lunch - time!
It’s always a good idea, on another note, to keep this fish’s diet diverse, as well, so that it doesn’t get sick of eating the same thing over and over again (and not only that, but it’s also good to keep it on a balanced diet as balance is key).
Good roommates? Well, this type of fish won’t follow “community tank guidelines” as well as others will, unfortunately, and is perhaps best left to itself.
Why do I say this? For one reason, it’s a ‘lone wolf’ type of fish that is highly solitary in its lifestyle and tends to be unwelcoming toward other creatures that move near it in the water. In fact, the only time you will typically see two of these fish swimming together are in the rare event that they are co - breeding.
Other Facts to Keep in Mind
Did you know that female Green Texas Cichlids can even release up to five eggs at once? Expect anywhere from one to five at a time when it’s in reproduction. And you can thus see why it’s not a dying breed at all or even close to becoming extinct, at that rate.
On another note, recent artificial canals, in the last few years, have made it possible for this fish to now inhabit other places in the U.S., such as Florida (with countless inbound and outbound water streams). Neat, right? Buy a Green Texas Cichlid now!