In South Florida’s tropical climate, many exotic fish species are right at home in local ponds, lakes and canals. Mayan cichlids and oscars are two of the more abundant non-native species. But pretty much everybody else likes catching the hard-fighting cichlids , which are also good to eat .
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.
Feeding Habits: Consumes grass shrimp, small fish, snails, and insects along with some incidental detritus and vegetative matter.
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.
Re: Missing Fish ? The Synos and your cichlids have good enough teeth to devour dead fish .
Oscar fish can definitely bite . And they are not the only ones. Oscar fish bite isn’t something to be really afraid of as it cannot do any serious damage.
Oscar: 10 – 20 years
Cichlids are rather deep-bodied and have one nostril (rather than the usual two) on each side of the head. The lateral line is discontinuous, and there are three or more anal spines. They generally have rounded tails and, though sizable for aquarium fishes , usually do not grow longer than about 30 cm (12 inches).
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.
They are found in rivers and lagoons throughout Central America and eat small fish , crustaceans, and insects when they are smaller similar to Panfish in the US. The Midas and Mayan Cichlids are also found in many waters in South Florida, where they have been introduced via the aquarium trade and have thrived.
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.
In addition to being a favorite among hobbyists, cichlids are both local and global food sources. One of the most prolific edible cichlids throughout the world is the tilapia, which has been imported and is farmed across the globe.
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.