Chocolate Cichlid (Hypselecara temporalis)


An interestingly marked Cichlid found throughout much of the Amazon Basin, the Chocolate Cichlid (also sometimes known as Chameleon Cichlid) has been popular in the aquarium hobby for decades. As the name implies, they are largely a chocolate brown color but able to quickly change their colors and patterns into shades of green, tan, black, and red. Adult fish have vivid red colors around the face and gill plates. A fairly peaceful cichlid, they make an excellent addition to most large Central/South American Cichlid communities and will typically not bother any non-cichlid tankmate large enough not to be eaten.


Chocolate Cichlid (Hypselecara temporalis)

Origin: Wild Peru
Locale: Rio Nanay
Diet: Omnivore, will accept most frozen and prepared foods
Adult Size: 10″
Recommended Tank Size: 120 gallons
Compatibility: A fairly peaceful cichlid, but can be territorial towards other cichlids

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.0 – 7.2
Temp:                     76-82F
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.