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Jaguar Cichlid Factoids

Origin

Nicaragua and environs

Maximum Size

Males 16 inches.  Females 14 inches.

Sexing

Males larger, more colorful, longer finned

Housing

Bigger the better

Security

Not a hider but needs space

Temperature

Prefers 75 to 80

Attitude

Aggressive and hungry

Breeding Like the Dempsey

Foods

Not picky

Water

Not picky


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Jaguar or managuense -- a great looking BIG cichlid.


Origins:  As the managuense name implies, these guys originally came from  Nicaragua (capitol city Managua).  Many of the ones we see these days come from local breeders and fish farms.

Name Origin:  The “jaguar” in their common name refers to their spotted body patterns somewhat like the fur-bearing jaguars.  These spots and/or blotches vary considerably.

Water Conditions:  Jaguars readily adapt to a wide variety of water conditions.  They color best when kept in clean water.  Frequent water changes help bring out the violet sheen that makes them such knockouts at maturity.

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In addition to  attractive markings, the light purple sheen and red eye complete the ensemble.

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Ten-inch jaguar (three inches smaller) probable male.  Not as impressive.

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Another 10-inch probable male jaguar.

Appeal:  Besides looking pretty, these guys eat like there’s no tomorrow.  They hit goldfish like a bass hitting a plug.  Most fans like them because of their huge appetites.  Others like the way they look.  In a way, they resemble our black crappies.  Pretty.

 

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Iowa black crappie (pronounced crop-pee) not really looking much like a jaguar after all.

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Not at all hiders.  Jaguars act similar to oscars -- except they don't lie on their sides like oscars.

Size:   Adults easily exceed a foot when kept in large aquaria.  They grow larger than oscars if given 50 gallons of water per fish.  Frequent water changes help them grow.

Jumpers:  For some strange reason Jaguars like to bail.  You’d expect them to jump if kept with other biters and fighters.  However, jaguars bail even when kept alone.   Keep them tightly covered or expect to find them on the floor.  A layer of duckweed on the top decreases their jumping activity.  A well-secured cover works even better.

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At four-inches they mix well with other similar-sized South/Central American cichlids.

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This four incher couldn't make the cut.

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Here's the mouth on a three incher.

Tank Mates:  Looking for a mixer with other large cichlids?  Mix your jaguars with other large, rowdy cichlids.  Remember that big fish eat smaller fish.  And if they can’t swallow them, big fish beat little fish.

Foods:  Feeding jaguars presents no problem.  They love goldfish, crayfish, and nightcrawlers.  They eagerly eat frozen plankton and krill.  Ditto the freeze-dried ones.  They also eat pellets.  Give them pellets with carotenes to bring out their color.
 

Josue (12 years old) Martinez, February 1, 2007
Hey, I just looked at the jaguar cichlid page and they don't just hit goldfish hard. They hit crickets hard too. And I was wondering if you could put this on your page in the blue box or whatever, so other visitors can see this just in case they did not know.

A:  You got it.  LA

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When you approach a male jaguar's aquarium, he does not back away..

Gravel Choice:  Darker gravels will darken your jaguar cichlids.  Light gravels bleach them out.  Darker gravels also brings out that purple/violet (or whatever color) sheen.

 

Plants:  Like all large cichlids, jaguars will rip up live plants.  They also uproot plastic plants.  If you use plastic plants, glue gravel onto their bases to keep them from floating.  Glue on the gravel with aquarium sealer.  Use the same color as your other gravel and your plants will always look planted.


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She's shyer and smaller than the male.  Once we got rid of the rock, she displayed better.

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Another smaller (six inches) probable female.  Not colored yet.

Disease/Problems:  You’re more likely to see problems from dirty water rather than anything else.

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1.25-inch jaguars love to eat.

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Young jaguars look like most other young cichlids.

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At two inches, jaguars give just a hint of their future potential.

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Out of the water you can see that violet sheen starting to develop.

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Always hungry jaguars -- even at two inches.

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Breeder female a bit smaller (and shyer) than the male.

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Her mate.  Larger.  Bigger fins.  Violet sheen.  Brighter markings.

Breeding.  You can breed jaguars fairly easily (but not as easily as convicts), if you give them plenty of room.  You need a male and a female at least five inches long.  Provide some flat areas for them to spawn on.  Give the female some extra cover in case she’s not quite as ready as he is.  They care for the eggs and care for the fry very nicely.  If you used a dither fish during the bonding process get it out once you see their eggs or fry.  No plecostomids, of course.  They eat the eggs at night.

Fry Care.  The diligent parents fan the eggs.  Once they hatch, they may move them to hide them from you.  Start feeding the fry when they start swimming.  Since they lay huge quantities of eggs (500+ and up, way up), you will need huge quantities of fry food and lots of room.

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Jaguars seem to enjoy posing for their portrait.

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Are you lookin' at me?  Can you see this jaguar's teeth?

Filtration:  You cannot over filter your managuense.  LA.

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