Peacock Bass

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Peacock Bass Care Guide


Peacock Bass (Cichla spp.) are large, colorful predatory fish native to South America, popular for their vibrant patterns and active nature.

Tank Setup

  • Size: Minimum 100 gallons for juveniles; significantly larger for adults.
  • Substrate: Sand or fine gravel.
  • Filtration: Strong filtration to handle high bioload; ensure good water circulation.
  • Decor: Large rocks, driftwood, and sturdy plants.
  • Water:
    • Temperature: 75-82°F (24-28°C)
    • pH: 6.5-7.5
    • Hardness: Soft to moderately hard (5-12 dGH)


  • Diet: Carnivorous; live or frozen foods like fish, shrimp, and worms. Gradually introduce high-quality pellets.


  • Water Changes: 30-50% weekly due to high bioload.
  • Tankmates: Other large, robust fish; avoid small or delicate species.


  • Common Issues: Monitor for signs of parasitic or bacterial infections; maintain optimal water quality and diet to prevent health problems.

By adhering to these care guidelines, your Peacock Bass will grow healthy and exhibit their impressive natural behaviors.

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