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.
Edibility: Good; white, flaky meat with mild flavor; no bag or size limits.
African Rift Lake Cichlids
Flowerhorn Cichlid The most expensive fish ever sold for aquarium keepers was a Golden Monkey Flowerhorn Cichlid . It sold in 2009 for $600,000 in Malaysia.
Oscar: 10 – 20 years
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.
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).
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.
Re: Missing Fish ? The Synos and your cichlids have good enough teeth to devour dead fish .
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.
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.