Hypselecara temporalis WILD PERU CHOCOLATE CICHLIDS with $65.00 Standard Shipping

Hypselecara temporalis Hypselecara temporalis, commonly referred to as the Chocolate Cichlid, is a captivating and sought-after species in the world of aquarium keeping. These cichlids are native to South America, particularly found in the Amazon River basin. With their striking coloration and intriguing behaviors, Chocolate Cichlids have earned a special place among aquarists. In this overview, we'll explore the distinct features, natural habitat, and essential care guidelines for Hypselecara temporalis cichlids, offering insights into why they are a popular choice for both beginner and experienced hobbyists.

For Sale Hypselecara temporalis Chocolate Cichlids grow to be very large (approximately 1 foot). They are generally peaceful but like any other cichlid, they can be territorial, especially during breeding time.

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Quick Facts on Hypselecara temporalis

- Common Name: Chocolate Cichlid
- Scientific Name: Hypselecara temporalis
- Species: Temporalis
- Origin: Native to South America, primarily found in the Amazon River basin
- Size: Typically reach lengths of 8-10 inches (20-25 cm)
- Care Level: Considered moderate, suitable for aquarists with some experience
- Temperament: Generally peaceful, but can display territorial behavior during breeding
- Diet: Omnivorous, they enjoy a varied diet consisting of high-quality pellets, live or frozen foods, and plant matter
- Minimum Tank Size: A tank of at least 55 gallons is recommended to provide ample swimming space
- Temperature: Maintain water temperature between 75-82°F (24-28°C)
- pH Range: Keep the pH level in the range of 6.5-7.5 to replicate their natural habitat


What is Hypselecara temporalis?

Hypselecara temporalis, also known as the chocolate cichlid, is a freshwater species endemic to some river basins in South America. It is a small to medium-sized cichlid known for its beautiful chocolate brown coloration accented with electric blue highlights on the face and fins.

What is the natural habitat of H. temporalis?

In the wild, Hypselecara temporalis is found in tributaries of the Amazon River system in countries like Brazil, Peru, and Colombia. It lives among leaf litter and submerged woods in shallow, slow-moving streams and pools.

What size aquarium does H. temporalis need?

Chocolate cichlids are best housed in a densely planted tank of at least 30 gallons. Provide plenty of hiding spots and open swimming areas. They do well in soft, acidic water.

What do chocolate cichlids eat?

Hypselecara temporalis are omnivores that eat worms, insect larvae, crustaceans and plant matter in the wild. In captivity they readily accept a variety of foods including brine shrimp, bloodworms and high quality cichlid pellets.

Are chocolate cichlids suitable for community tanks?

Yes, H. temporalis is peaceful enough to be kept with similarly sized tetras, rasboras, corydoras catfish and other passive species in a community aquarium. Avoid very active or nippy fish.

How large do chocolate cichlids grow?

In most home aquariums, Hypselecara temporalis reaches about 4-6 inches (10-15 cm) in length when fully grown and provided with good care. Some males may reach 8 inches.


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