Care Level: Very Easy. Will tolerate a wide range of water parameters including pH, temperature and hardness. Can tolerate higher nitrate levels than other fish and is hardy enough to withstand the cycling process. Will readily eat prepared foods and has no special care requirements.
Origin: The only cichlid to reside in the United States. Though it is said to be rather aggressive my personal experience so far is that he has his grumpy days but is usually well behaved and coincides with the other fish well. Some may become very aggressive with age and will not tolerate any other fish as they become very territorial