Salvini Cichlids are Central American
Cichlids. They are also know as Yellow Bellied and as Tri Color
Cichlids. They are known by the scientific name Cichlasoma Salvini and by Nandopsis Salvini.
The Salvini has a yellow body with two broken bands of black running the length
of the upper body. There is red around the anal fin and blue spots can
develop throughout the body. The colors are most pronounced during
breeding. They will eat flake foods and cichlid pellets.
Salvinis can be very aggressive, especially in
small quarters. They can be combined with other New World Cichlids in a
tank of at least 50 gallons with a sandy substrate. The tank should be
planted. It should have rocks and hiding areas, but should also have open
areas for swimming.
The males have larger dorsal fins, but males are
not easy to distinguish from females. Males will establish a territory and
chase other fish away. They will attract a female and will appear
aggressive with her. It is best to separate them from other fish for
breeding. Salvinis will spawn in caves or sometimes in the open.
Temperatures should be in the upper end of their range. Eggs will hatch
after a couple of days. Salvinis are good parents and both will care for
||22 - 33 C; 72 - 90 F
||7 - 8
||18 cm; 7 inches
||Normal, Egg Layer
Neotropical Cichlids such as the Green Terror, Green
Severum, Gold Severum, Firemouth, Texas and Blood
Parrot. Also plecos.