Beautiful colors Amazing Patters The Aggressive Jaguar Cichlid

Many ocean creatures display amazing and beautiful patterns across their bodies. One of the most loved and eye pleasing patters is that of the freshwater Jaguar cichlid. Native to the freshwaters of Centra America this fascinating carnivorous fish can be found in waters across Honduras, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Being a highly predatory and aggressive, the Parachromis Managuensis has become very popular in the aquarium trade. Known to many as managuense cichlid, guapote cichlid and jaguar fish this robust cichlid displays stunning shades of yellow and bronze jaguar like patters across its body making it and instant eye candy for any  home aquarium.

In captivity these amazing creatures are limited to grow to their full potential. With a recommend aquarium tank size of 150 gallons a Jaguar Cichlid can grow to be up to 1 foot in size and several pounds in weight.

One of the reasons many aquarium hobbiest tend to have a Jaguar cichlid is their easy to maintain lifestyles. Although not recommended to keep them in an aquarium with plants as managuense cichlids tend to digg and re-arrange their aquariums several times a week.

Being carnivores makes owning a Jaguar fish  quiet interesting as they have a big appetite and tend to eat any meaty foods they can get a hold of such as crickets, live worms, meal worms, bloodworms, earth worms, mysis, frogs and any other small fishes around.

Amazing Color The Mandarin Fish

One of the most common and popular fishes in the aquarium trade, the Mandarinfish is a small but brightly colored saltwater fish. Also known as the Mandarin dragonet this Pacific native fish can be found from Australia to the Ryukyu Islands.

Found usually in sheltered lagoons and inshore reefs, these reef dwellers are quiet slow and can be spotted very  easily. Bottom feeding on small fish eggs, polychaete worms, amphipods and ostracods these small but active fish feed constantly throughout the day.

Due to its specific feeding routines, it is recommended to have a reef tank established for at least 7 months before introducing a Mandarinfish in your tank. A minimum of around 70 lbs to 90 lbs of live rock is also a highly recommended idea, as Mandarinfish love to trap their prey in small areas.

One of the unique features of the Mandarinfish is its oil secreting body which helps and prevents the Mandarin Dragonet from catching ich. Of course it is always a highly recommended idea to have a working refugium incorporated into your reef tank and full of pods of all kinds.

Mandarinfish are not only beautiful to see swim around, they are also beautiful and peaceful creatures of the dark blue sea.

Next time you visit your local pet shop make sure to stop by and see these awesome and exotic saltwater fishes.