Green Terrors are South American Cichlids
originating in still waters in Peru and Ecuador. Subspecies include the gold saum and
the white saum. Their color changes to green at maturity for both males and females,
if they have a proper diet and water conditions.
Generally the males are brighter, while females are darker and somewhat smaller
than the males. Numerous dark spots run in parallel lines across the body.
The tail is often the brightest area and can be edged in reddish orange. The males
develop a broad forehead with a pronounced hump.
Green Terrors are very aggressive and
should not be kept with their own kind - there is good reasoning behind their
name. A pair of Green Terrors must be
watched very carefully if there are other cichlids in the tank, as the Terrors
will kill other inhabitants when they begin to breed. A Green
Terror should be kept in a
tank of at least 50 gallons. A single Green Terror in a tank can act as a
calming force on other aggressive species. The tank should be well planted
and provide rocks, driftwood, caves and hiding areas. Clay pots work very well.
Cichlids, Green Terrors will accept a variety of foods, including flake foods, freeze
dried bloodworms and Cichlid pellets.
Mature males establish and
control a territory. During breeding, aggression toward the female
and other species is extreme. Hundreds of eggs are fertilized against
a clean vertical surface. Both parents will aggressively defend the young
until the fry reach an age where the parents can't control them.
||20 - 27 C; 68 - 80 F
||6.5 - 7.5
||23 cm; 9 inches
||Normal, Egg Layer
Blood Parrot, Blue Jack Dempsey, Convict Cichlid,
Firemouth Cichlid, Gold Severum, Green Severum, Jack
Dempsey, Jewel Cichlid, Pike Cichlid, Pleco
(Common), Salvini Cichlid, Texas Cichlid