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These tough Cichlids are used to life in sunken pirate ships in Lake Izabal surrounded by pieces of eight.

Chisel Tooth Cichlids are only found in Izabal the largest lake in Guatemala and is surrounded by lush vegetation. For its size it is relatively shallow due to runoff of sediments from the surrounding mountains. It is home to a rich diversity of fish species, including various cichlids, as well as perch, tarpon and the endangered fresh-water manatee or sea cow.

A large oval-shaped Cichlid which is pale olive-green in colour with a pale cream belly and some blue iridescence on the scales and fins. It has 5-6 vertical dark broken bands from the mid-section of its body to the caudal peduncle. It can be very difficult to differentiate between the different genders with males only being slightly larger

When in a pair they will find flat rocks to act as spawning sites, the selected site will be cleaned by both parents. It is easy to see when the breeding pair are about to spawn as their colouration will change to a deep yellow and they will start to dance around each other sometimes in a violent manner.


Fish: Tough adapted cichlid

What do they eat?

Algae and zooplankton


Max 30cm

Water Type

Fresh Water/ Brackish

Where are we?

United States of America

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