How To Take Care Of Your Jaguar Cichlid

Rocks, caves and driftwood/swamp. The Red Devil can be an excellent digr, so place heavy objects such as large rocks directly on the glass of the aquarium to avoid accidents.
Rocks, caves and driftwood/swamp. The Red Devil can be an excellent digr, so place heavy objects such as large rocks directly on the glass of the aquarium to avoid accidents.

Jump Goldfish | Koi | Live Bearers | Angle Fish | Barbs | Betta | Bottia Loaches | Catfish |Eels | Cichlids | Aquatic Plants


Jags are a very large and aggressive cichlid. Watch your fingers when cleaning the aquarium!
Parachromis Managuense, Parapetenia Managuense

Common Name: Jaguar Cichlid

Scientific Name: Parachromis Managuense, Parapetenia Managuense

Average Adult Fish Size: 1.3 feet  /  40 cm !!

Place of Origin: T

Rocks, caves and driftwood/swamp. The Red Devil can be an excellent diger, so place heavy objects such as large rocks directly on the glass of the aquarium to avoid accidents.
Jaguar cichlid is native to Central America, where it is found in the lakes, ponds and streams of Nicaragua, Honduras and Nicaragua. Today, the Jaguar cichlid has been introduced to most other Central American countries and established populations are known in El Salvador, Guatemala and Panama.

Typical Tank Setup: Mainly open with some rocky territories. Aquariums that house pairs must give adequate hiding places for a harassed female.

Recommended Minimum Aquarium Capacity: 125 gallon / 500 litre for one, 180 gallon / 720 litre for a pair

Compatibility: Jaguars can grow to be a very large and formidable fish. They are not often successfully challenged in an aquarium environment. Best kept with similar sized subordinate cichlid species in large aquariums.

Temperature: 77 – 97 Deg F /  25 – 36 Deg C

Water Chemistry: pH 7.0 –  8.7

Feeding:  In the wild, Jaguar cichlids are skilled predators, feeding mainly on fish and large invertebrates. The soft ray is preferred, but the Jaguar cichlid is not oblivious to its food. He will appreciate live food in the aquarium, but training him to eat pellets is not difficult. Choose high-quality pellets designed to meet the nutritional needs of larger predatory fish. If you don’t make your own live food, keep in mind that fish food from pet stores can spread disease into the aquarium. Therefore, many Jaguar cichlid breeders feed on their Jaguar cichlids. Earthworms and krill are two other good options.

Sexing: Until the Jaguar cichlids are adults, they are difficult to tell the sexes because they have the same black stripes. However, as the male grows older, it loses its black stripes, a detail that makes sex discrimination much easier. Male Jaguar cichlids also often grow larger than females and have black spots on the body against a yellow background. Ventilation is the only surefire way to determine the sex of smaller Jaguars.

If you want to breed Jaguar cichlids, you will need to provide the pair with a separate aquarium. The pair will become extremely aggressive during the breeding season and may even attack your hand if you get too close to their offspring. Leopard cichlids are usually sexually mature when they reach a size of 4 inches/10 cm.

The pair of jaguar cichlids is not only aggressive towards other fish; They can also be aggressive towards each other. Therefore, you must set up a breeding tank where the smaller female can escape the attack of the larger male Jaguar cichlid. For example, you can divide the aquarium by netting with holes that are too small for the male fish to swim in.

The reproduction method of the Jaguar cichlid is similar to that of many other cichlids. During breeding, the female Jaguar cichlid will lay her eggs on a flat surface like a piece of slate. A female Jaguar cichlid can lay up to 500 eggs per spawn. The male will fertilize the eggs and stay around to protect them from predators. The female will provide the eggs with cool, oxygenated water by burning the spawning site. After about 3 to 5 days, the eggs hatch. The larvae do not need any food for the first 5-8 days as they will be fed through the yolk sac. Once the yolk sac is swallowed, the adult Jaguar cichlids will begin feeding the young with organic matter. Therefore, a new aquarium with very little organic matter should not be used as a breeding tank for Jaguar cichlids; A well set up aquarium is much better. As the fry get older, you can start feeding them freshly hatched brine shrimp and/or powdered feed. Micro verses are also appreciated. If the herd of Jaguar cichlids is large, you should destroy them regularly.

Additional Information: Jags are very large and aggressive cichlids. Be careful with your fingers when cleaning the aquarium!