About the Midas Cichlid
Species Type: Freshwater Fish
Care Level: Easy. Does well in a slightly more narrow range of water parameters and shouldn't be used to cycle an aquarium. Will eat most prepared foods. May have some specific care requirements in terms of particular water parameters, social behaviors, food items etc.
Origin: Central America
Midas are tall bodied cichlids most well known for their very large nautical hump in dominate mature males. These fish start out their lives grey in color with black vertical bands and as they mature and depending on their blood line can stay “barred” which is when the grey color fades away around the edges of the fish and it is replaced by red and/or yellow and keeping their black vertical bars. Or the fish turns black before maturity and the black fades away to leave the fish any mix of: orange, red, yellow, or white.
These fish should be kept alone or with a mate unless you have a very large tank (240+ gallon) as they are very aggressive. Their aggression is not limited to just fish. They will follow your around the tank watching your every move and if you get too close to the glass they will give it a good hit to let you know they are there. This can make them a very fun fish to have and kids as much as the midas love the attention and they can keep each other busy for hours.
These fish are often confused with red devil cichlids (Amphilophus labiatus) and most midas sold in pet stores are hybrids of the two species. If you get lucky enough to find a breeder or importer of this great fish and have a spare 75-135 gallon tank running you won’t be disappointed in setting aside the room for one of these amazing cichlids.
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Midas Cichlid Diet
As with most, keeping varied diet is good for the health of the fish. A quality pellet is a good staple for this fish most will accept: worms, shrimp, small fish, beef heart, algae wafers, peas, snails, crayfish, etc.
Ideal water parameters for Midas Cichlid
The Midas Cichlid should be kept in an aquarium with the temperature ranging from 76 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit, and a Ph of around 7.2.