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General Body Form:
When looking at the Green terror from the side or profile angle the fish is oval in shape. Looking at the fish from the front shows a very broad forehead area that tapers down to a compressed rear area. In mature males, the forehead can develop a noticeable hump. They can reach a length of about eight inches and have been known to breed at half that size.
The Males are the lookers in this Species. The basic body color is a bright greenish white. The tail of the male terror is beautiful, reticulated and fringed in bright Red. The female is a rather drab Olive Green in color and lacks the metallic look of the male. On some the the chin area is blue green in color.
Typical to most Cichlids the Green terror is a Hardy and easy to care for fish if their needs are met. They are omnivorous and will accept all types of food and relish anything live. The tank should be large and have plenty of caves and nooks to hide in. driftwood, rockwork and Live plants although helpful may be uprooted. When young they may be kept in cichlid community but as they mature they live up to their name and will terrorize all but the largest fish. It is best to keep them in a species tank. Provide good filtration and do frequent water changes.
Like the Blue Acara they are Found in still and sluggish waters of the local river basins.
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