• Salvin's Cichlid (Cichlasoma salvini), Tank-Bred!
  • Salvin's Cichlid (Cichlasoma salvini), Tank-Bred!
  • Salvin's Cichlid (Cichlasoma salvini), Tank-Bred!
  • Salvin's Cichlid (Cichlasoma salvini), Tank-Bred!
  • Salvin's Cichlid (Cichlasoma salvini), Tank-Bred!
  • Salvin's Cichlid (Cichlasoma salvini), Tank-Bred!
  • Salvin's Cichlid (Cichlasoma salvini), Tank-Bred!
  • Salvin's Cichlid (Cichlasoma salvini), Tank-Bred!
  • Salvin's Cichlid (Cichlasoma salvini), Tank-Bred!

Salvin's Cichlid (Cichlasoma salvini), Tank-Bred!

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The Salvin's Cichlid is undoubtedly one of the most vibrantly colorful neotropical cichlid species, plus it maintains a very manageable size!


The Salvin's Cichlid (Cichlasoma salvini), also known as the Yellowbelly or Tricolor Cichlid, is a Central American species that is celebrated for its incredible adult coloration. This medium-sized cichlid boasts bright red, yellow, and black across its body, and it sometimes even has a blue margin on its dorsal fin. Like most cichlids, juveniles are rather drab compared to the magnificent color of adults, but they often grow to maturity relatively quickly, especially with optimal care. Unlike most cichlids, it is often the female that is the most colorful sex, but this is not always the case and males are very colorful as well.


The Salvin's Cichlid will thrive in an aquarium with a sandy substrate and plenty of refuge such as clay pots, driftwood, and rock formations. It typically will not eat ornamental plants, but it does need a fair amount of open space, so floating plants and plants that attach to driftwood and rockwork are recommended. This species, though not particularly large for a cichlid, is rather aggressive, particularly when breeding. It can be kept with other large cichlids, plecos, catfish, and other large, durable species in a very large tank as long as there is plenty of cover with decor to create broken lines of sight. It will be more compatible with other species if there are no other Salvin's Cichlids present to trigger breeding behavior. Territoriality is typically at its peak during spawning. If spawning is desired, tankmates of other species should be avoided altogether, and care must be taken to ensure that the male Salvin's Cichlid does not bully or kill the female. It is best to grow a group of juveniles together and allow them to pair off naturally, then give each pair its own tank if one wishes to start a breeding program with this species. Dwarf shrimp and other invertebrates should not be kept with the Salvin's Cichlid. Due to its size and waste production, regular water changes and maintenance are a must.


Feeding is simple for the unfussy Salvin's Cichlid. High-quality dry, frozen, and live meaty foods will all be readily accepted. Some vegetable matter is also required. Quality and variety are the keys to a diet that will ensure that this fish maintains optimal health and coloration.


We are offering unsexed juvenile specimens of this incredible fish. 


What We Like About This Fish:

  • Beautiful coloration in both males and females
  • Very hardy with plenty of personality
  • Easy to breed in the aquarium
  • Excellent species for larger tanks
  • Potential to be a "centerpiece" fish



  • Temperatre:  75° - 86° F (24° - 30° C)
  • pH:  7.5 - 8.0
  • KH:  5 - 15 dKH
  • Minimum tank size:  55 gallons for a single adult, 75+ gallons for a pair



  • Diet:  Mostly carnivorous. A variety of high-quality dry, frozen, and live meaty foods is necessary for optimal health and coloration. Some supplemental vegetable matter is also required.
  • Social behavior:  Congregates loosely in groups as juveniles. Territorial during spawning.
  • Origin:  Tank-bred, but indigenous to Southern Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras
  • Average adult size:  Males - 7 inches (18 cm). Females - 5.5 inches (14 cm)
  • Average purchase size:  1-2 inches (2.5 - 5 cm)
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