Orinoco Peacock Bass (Cichla orinocensis)


A powerful and large growing predatory cichlid, the Orinoco Peacock Bass is found throughout the Orinoco and Meta river drainages in Colombia and Venezuela. In nature this species is one of the most widespread species of Cichla and it is found in a variety of habitat types from shallow flooded forest to open water, typically in large schools. Throughout its habitat it is known locally as tucunare or pavon and is an important food and game fish, growing to an adult size of 20”+ and upwards of 8lbs. In the aquarium they make for an impressive display fish, showing vivid yellows, golds, and blues around three (occasionally 4) prominent black spots or bands. Given their huge adult size and active, predatory nature, this fish is suitable only for very large dedicated aquariums or indoor ponds and should not be kept by inexperienced hobbyists. This species, like all Cichla, are extremely fast-growing and can be aggressive towards tankmates, especially other cichlids. Best kept with larger, fast-moving fish.



Orinoco Peacock Bass (Cichla orinocensis)

Origin: Wild Colombia
Locale: Rio Orinoco
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.