A relatively peaceful, smaller growing cichlid. Will stock well as an individual in community tanks. More than one individual of this species in a tank, is best kept as a member of an established/compatible pair, as conspecific aggression can be a problem in the T-Bar cichlid. Males will grow a bit larger in size than the females, and become much sturdier, 'chunkier' looking at adult sizes, by growing an impressive-looking forehead lump with dominance called a 'Nuchal' hump. Spawning coloration is dramatic, and quite beautiful in this species as the male and female will become quite dark, with the eyes becoming by contrast, an extremely bright, shimmering gold in color.
Two pairs of this calmer, more peaceful cichlid can be stocked with confidence in minimum sized, four foot long aquariums. Beware of stocking a spawning pair in community tanks! They are very protective - aggressive - parents. A six foot long tank is recommended as the minimum size for keeping this cichlid as spawning pairs, in 'mixed' species community tanks. Stock with tank mates that are 'robust' and hardy in nature, but not so large in size they will just simply eat your pair!