A breeding pair of Mayan cichlids should be kept separated from the other species since they tend to become very aggressive . The other fish will get injured, especially if they are small. They tend to lash out in their aggressiveness and injure non-prey species too.
Habitat: Mayans are illegally/ accidentally established nonnative fish. First recorded in Florida Bay in 1983, they are abundant in south Florida as far north as Lake Okeechobee. Native to Central and South America, they have adapted to Florida canals, rivers, lakes and marshes and tolerate a wide range of salinities.
Edibility: Good; white, flaky meat with mild flavor; no bag or size limits.
Oscar: 10 – 20 years
The ancient Maya on the Yucatán Peninsula had sophisticated cities at places such as Chichén Itzá and Tulum, where they built stone temples that endure today. The Gulf currents could have brought the Maya to southwest Florida , and they may have ended up near Lake Okeechobee.
Florida’s freshwater and marine fish are generally considered safe to eat . However, certain fish can be potentially unhealthy to eat because those fish can take up contaminants from the water they live in and from the food they eat . DOH, in cooperation with DEP and FWC, issues fish consumption advisories.
Mouth-brooding African cichlid mating occurs something like this: the male digs out a cave (nest) for the female and lures her in by doing this silly fin shaking dance (there’s also a disturbing “kissing” version). She lays her eggs in the nest and he fertilizes them. A mature female will have up to 30 eggs.
Oscars grow to be sizable fresh water fish. They can definitely be eaten . Most Americans won’t eat pets. When I kept Oscar fish in my aquarium, they were pets.
Tilapia are non- native to Florida and are often characterized as an “introduced” or “invasive” species . Invasive species , like tilapia , cause numerous problems for native populations.
Many species are also known as basses, including: The “butterfly peacock bass “, Cichla ocellaris, is a member of the cichlid family, Cichlidae and a prized game fish along with its relatives in the genus Cichla.
Re: Missing Fish ? The Synos and your cichlids have good enough teeth to devour dead fish .
Cichlids . The cichlid family is not known for snail – eating , but many species will eat snails sometimes. On top of this, cichlids are not the best snail -eaters; they may eat the occasional snail but won’t actively seek out snails like many algae- eating fish will.
Most abundant in canals of water conservation areas and Everglades habitats of Collier, western Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. Occurs throughout south Florida , but typically not as abundant as in marsh-related canals. Native range includes the Orinoco, La Plata, and Amazon river basins in South America.