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Green Terror Cichlid
Green Terror Cichlid

Green Terror Cichlid

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Tank Level:


Minimum Tank Size:

50 Gallons




6.5 - 7.5 (neutral pH recommended)

General water hardness:

5 - 120 dGH


72 F - 77 F



The Green Terror Cichlid (Andinoacara rivulatus) is a large, hearty species of South American Cichlid. This species is extremely popular due to its hardiness and lovely green scales. This listing is for juvenile unsexed specimens, approximately 2.5" long.

While this fish is hardy and easy to care for, it may not be for everyone due to its aggression and maximum size.

Green Terror Cichlids will grow up to 8 inches long on average. Due to their larger size, a 50 Gallon aquarium is recommended as a minimum if planning on keeping this fish with other species. If kept in an aquarium too small, Green Terror Cichlids may become particularly aggressive towards their tankmates. They prefer water that has a neutral pH (as close to 7.0 as possible) and will require a water temperature between 72 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

These cichlids are not picky eaters and will accept most commercially available fish foods. It is recommended to alternate food sources that are rich in animal proteins, such as pellets and flakes designed for carnivores, frozen or live foods such as brine shrimp or bloodworms, feeder fish such as guppies, and feeder bugs such as wax worms, crickets, or earthworms.


Tankmates must be other larger fish species. They do well with large South American cichlids with similar aggression, such as Jack Dempsey cichlids, Parrot cichlids, Flowerhorns, etc. They can also live with larger schooling species, such as Tinfoil barbs, ASilver Dollars, or Pacu. Plecos and other large catfish species do well with Green Terror cichlids as well. Keep in mind that a male-female pair of spawning Green Terror cichlids can be extremely aggressive towards their tankmates, and may need to be separated for breeding purposes.