Hypselecara temporalis/ Chocolate Cichlids

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Hypselecara temporalis/ Chocolate Cichlids

Post by Jim Cumming » Tue Dec 23, 2014 11:15 am

This wild caught pair breeds regularly every two to three weeks. I never tire of this beautiful sight!
http://youtu.be/KC74ra1h0VI
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Re: Hypselecara temporalis/ Chocolate Cichlids

Post by Alex Odesit » Tue Dec 23, 2014 8:35 pm

Beautiful pair and beautiful sight Jim!

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Post by Jim Cumming » Tue Dec 23, 2014 9:19 pm

Thank you Alex. I appreciate your comment.
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Post by newworldsss » Wed Dec 24, 2014 7:42 am

Just stunning....

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Re: Hypselecara temporalis/ Chocolate Cichlids

Post by illy-d » Fri Jan 02, 2015 5:28 pm

Hi Notho2000,

I was looking for more info on this cichlid... Everywhere seems to indicate that they are "gentle giants". I'm specifically interested in their compatibility (a single specimen, not a pair) with smaller fish; specifically dwarf cichlids (Rams) and corydoras?

Your insight/experience would be greatly appreciated!

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Re: Hypselecara temporalis/ Chocolate Cichlids

Post by Jim Cumming » Fri Jan 02, 2015 11:11 pm

Hi illy-d,
Regarding your comments about this species, I find them to be relatively mild mannered and similar in temperament to Severums. They don't look for trouble but don't back down from it either. And when paired, they can be a "force". Frankly, I would feel nervous about housing them with fish that they can easily swallow. They become large (~10" males, ~8" females) and have large appetites to match and even though they aren't the fastest moving fish, I think they might, in time, pick off some of the smaller fish, especially if there are no other larger fish to distract them. Having said that, I personally haven't housed mine with smaller fish. So perhaps if you provide lots of structure to allow the smaller fish to seek out the nooks and crannies such that they can keep out of harms way ('fly below the radar'), then it just might work.
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Re: Hypselecara temporalis/ Chocolate Cichlids

Post by illy-d » Sat Jan 03, 2015 12:03 am

Thanks for the insight Jim, I appreciate it.

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