Bahia Kelberi Peacock Bass (Cichla kelberi “Bahia”)


With distinctive golden coloration and a much smaller adult size than other peacock bass of the genus Cichla, the Kelberi is among the most popular of these large predatory cichlids in the aquarium hobby. Originating from the rivers of Southeastern Brazil (including the Tocantins), these fish are popular food and sport fish in their native range. Like all peacock bass, Kelberis require very large aquariums and should only be kept by experienced hobbyists. Kelberi Peacock Bass are powerful predators, and will eat any fish that can fit in their large mouths. They are best kept in small groups with similarly sized cichlids although aggression and territoriality can become an issue as they reach maturity. Fish from the Bahia locality are especially sought after as a distinct, vividly gold and yellow strain with relatively little black pigment as adults.



Bahia Kelberi Peacock Bass (Cichla kelberi “Bahia”)

Origin: Wild Brail
Locale: Bahia state
Diet: Piscivore and predator in the wild. Will adapt to frozen and fresh foods in the aquarium.
Adult Size: 18″
Recommended Tank Size: 180 gallons
Compatibility: Predatory, will eat any smaller fish. Aggressive toward similar species.

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.5 – 7.5
Temp:                     76-80F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm

Shipping Note: Due to size, the need for extra packing, and space requirements, larger sizes may not be eligible for our flat rate shipping. We strongly recommend shipping large fish via air cargo when possible. Please contact us for a quote or for additional shipping info.