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 Profiles Central America Parachromis Parachromis motaguensis
Parachromis motaguensis
Scientific Name: Parachromis motaguensis
Pronunciation: pr--kr-ms m-t-gwn-ss
Common Name(s): Mota, Motagua Cichlid
Geo. Origin: Guatemala, Honduras
Diet: Carnivore
Gender Differences: Dimorphic
Breeding: Substrate Spawner
Temperament: Highly Aggressive
Conspecific Temperament: Extremely Aggressive
Maximum Size: 12"
Temperature: 76 - 82°F
pH: 7.0 - 8.0
Water Hardness: Hard
Difficulty: 4
Photo Credit: Rusty Wessel
This is a smaller growing, possibly more peaceful Guapote' to keep in the aquarium. Be careful! All Guapote's have hugely varied personality and aggression traits as individuals. Adults of this species will display various color morphs and patterns with some fish more speckled in base coloration than others. One prized color variant has a deep red base coloration, and is known as the 'Red Mota'. All will have various sized, black striping and facial markings with most displaying a black 'teardrop'. This carnivore will benefit from and learn to greedily consume vegetal-based pellets and foods offered occasionally as variety in the aquarium. Sensitive to poor water quality, an aggressive schedule of regularly conducted, high percentage cleaning/water changes will insure this species remains brightly colored up and healthy in the aquarium.
 Profiles Central America Parachromis Parachromis motaguensis
 Key To Species Profile Terms
 Pronunciation: Refer to our Pronunciation Key for an explanation of the phonetic symbols.
 Habitat: This is the primary location where the cichlid is found and is a generalization. This does not
  mean a fish cannot be found in other habitats.
 Diet: Many cichlids specialize in eating one type of food; notwithstanding, some of these specialized
  feeders are flexible and can be opportunistic feeders.
 Temperament: This describes the overall demeanor of a cichlid toward other tankmates that
  are of a different species. Consider that there is variability in temperament due to various factors,
  including aquarium size, tankmates of similar appearance, stocking levels, and order of introduction.
  There may even be some variability among individual specimens.
 Conspecific Temperament: This describes the overall demeanor of a cichlid toward other tank-
  mates of the same species. Consider that there is variability in temperament due to such factors as
  aquarium size, stocking levels and order of introduction. There may even be some variability among
  individual specimens.
 Maximum Size: This is in regards to total length (including the tail) of typical aquarium specimens.
  Wild specimens may not attain this size, or may in fact grow larger than aquarium raised individuals
  due to various factors. Also consider that this is the typical maximum size and there are exceptional
  individuals that will exceed it.
 Difficulty: This measure is a relative value, comparing a single species against all other cichlids.
  This only accounts for maintanence in the aquarium and not breeding considerations.
  1 = easy and forgiving, 5 = extremely challenging.
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