These are a great, Central American cichlid to keep, for anyone wanting to set up a New World Community tank. Near vegetarian in nature, feed this cichlid lot's of high quality, vegetal based foods, for best results in nutrition. Pairs of this species will protect their fry and hold an area of the aquarium, but do not pursue the matter to the destruction of all the other occupants kept with them! A colorful species, that will live up to it's common name if kept in a well maintained, healthy condition. Breeding coloration is dramatic, as a spawning pair will become very dark on top, shading down to an almost complete black color on the belly area.