The diamond cichlazoma is a large territorial fish with a high body flattened from the sides. The homeland of this breed is the ponds of northern Mexico and Texas, as a result of which it is also called the "pearl of Texas". It is believed that the fish is able to recognize its owner. The description of aquarium fish of this breed should begin with their basic decoration, which consists of emerald, blue glowing spots, embossing the whole fish in relief, on the gill covers they merge into solid strips.
Behavior and conditions of detention
Diamond cichlazoma is distinguished by aggressive behavior towards its breed. The struggle of males for their territory can lead to the death of weaker fish, therefore it is better to keep one pair per 100 liters of volume. Caring for a diamond cichlasma is a little difficult because of the love of the fish to tear the soil in the aquarium.
Breeding and caring for the offspring
Young people with joint content choose their own pair, which is saved for life. Parents define their territory, choose a place for a nest and fiercely guard it from strangers. A clear sign of readiness for spawning is the change in color.
The diamond cichlzoma requires proper selection of neighbors. For joint content it is desirable to choose a proportionate or nimble fish, the best coexist those that have grown together. If the pair for a diamond cichlasma was chosen later by the aquarist, the first time should be carefully watched as they get along together. In order for the fish to appear in all its glory, except for good conditions of detention, it is necessary to pay attention to the correct lighting.