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.
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.
Oscar: 10 – 20 years
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.
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 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).
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.
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.
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 have long been known to be euryhaline, or tolerant of a wide range in salinity. Some cichlid aquarists believe that their fish do better with salt, and regularly add it with each water change. Some tilapia have been found to grow better in brackish water than in freshwater (Martinez-Palacios et al. 1990).