Herichthys cyanoguttatus (Texas Cichlid) in the wild

Being able to see the cichlids in the wild is something I have always wanted to do. I would love to go diving in Lake Tanganyika or some South American river, but those trips take considerable time and money. For most of us, videos and pictures are as close as we’ll ever get; unless you live in South Texas or can make plans to visit. If you find yourself in the Austin or San Antonio area, make sure to bring your snorkel and plenty of sunscreen. With just a short drive to the Comal River near New Braunfels, you can find yourself swimming with Herichthys cyanoguttatus (aka Texas Cichlid or Rio Grande Cichlid). The video shows a pair protecting their spawn in the Comal River. The Texas Cichlid is the only native cichlid species in the United States. While swimming around you might also see some “imports” including Tilapia and Plecos, as well as schools of native Tetras.

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