“Flower” Orinocensis Peacock Bass (Cichla orinocensis) – Rio Meta Locale


A powerful and large growing predator, the Orinocensis Peacock Bass is found in parts of the Orinoco and Meta river drainages in Colombia and Venezuela. The less commonly imported population from the upper Rio Meta in Colombia is especially sought after for its vivid yellow coloration and unique patterning of yellow rosettes and spots that becomes increasingly intense as they grow . Like all peacock bass, they are a voracious fish eater by nature and newly imported fish tend to prefer live foods at first but can be weaned onto frozen and prepared foods over time. They are fast growing and can be aggressive towards tankmates, especially other cichlids. Best kept with larger, fast-moving fish. Due to their large adult size and need for large areas of open swimming space, the Orinoco Peacock Bass is suitable only for the largest custom aquariums or heated ponds.



“Flower” Orinocensis Peacock Bass (Cichla orinocensis)

Origin: Wild Colombia
Locale: Rio Meta near Puerto Gaitan
Diet: Predator and fish eater – can be weaned onto frozen and prepared feeds over time
Adult Size: 20″
Recommended Tank Size: 240 gallons
Compatibility: Aggressive and predatory. Will eat any fish big enough to fit in their large mouths. Best kept with other large cichlids or catfish

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.0 – 7.5
Temp:                     78-84F
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.