Often called "Red Devil" Cichlid, however the Red Devil is another species.
50-gallon for younger fish, larger for adults.
They are messy with very large waste and need frequent water changes.
Aggressive, requires a territory such as a cave or rock it can claim as its own. Likes to dig.
Will eat smaller fish. Aggressive and does best alone or in a pair of its own kind. Very territorial and often fight with other fish. Be careful when keeping other fish with a Midas.
9-15 inches (22-38 cm)
Large with some type of cave-like shelter. Robust plants only (they will uproot them), flat or rounded well-bedded rocks. Needs powerful filtration and lots of partial water changes. Will shift around things inside the tank on a daily basis. Anything placed in the tank should be heavy enough so the fish cannot move it, although he will try anyway. Be sure to have a cave-like hideaway, especially if you have more than one fish in the tank. A clay pot works well. Protect your heaters and filter system with a guard; he may try and attack it.
7.0 - 8.0
dH: 5.0 - 25.0 (soft to hard)
70° - 77° F (21° - 25° C)
Omnivore (needs to eat greens in its diet). Wide range of commercial foods. Does well on small live food. Not a picky eater. Will try and eat almost anything. Will lose color if not fed properly.
Males have a huge frontal hump. Males tend to be more well-built than females.
Eggs are laid on a rock which is pre-cleaned. Both parents guard the eggs. The eggs hatch in 2-5 days.
Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Central America, Southern Mexico
Midas cichlid hiding