Ocellaris Peacock Bass (Cichla ocellaris)


The “original” Peacock Bass, Cichla ocellaris is found throughout much of the Amazon basin in Brazil, Guyana, and Peru, although wild specimens are rarely exported. Due to their popularity as a food and sport fish, they are farmed extensively throughout parts of South America and Asia and have been introduced intentionally or accidentally in many tropical and subtropical waters. Most of these aquacultured fish available in the hobby have been hybridized at some point in their lineage, typically between C. ocellaris and C. monoculus. Like all Cichla, they are large growing, powerful, predatory fish and should be kept by experienced aquarists with suitably large aquariums or ideally indoor ponds to house these fish as adults.


Ocellaris Peacock Bass (Cichla ocellaris)

Origin: Aquacultured Asia
Diet: Predator and fish eater. Can be weaned on to frozen and prepared feeds relatively easily
Adult Size: 24″
Recommended Tank Size: 200 gallons
Compatibility: Territorial and aggressive towards most tankmates. Best kept with other large, aggressive fish

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.5 – 7.5
Temp:                     78-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm

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