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Midas Cichlids

  • Order: Perciformes
  • Family: Cichlidae
  • Genus: Amphilophus
  • Species: Amphilophus Citrinellus
Fun Fact

The midas cichlid can live up to 15 years!

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    About Midas Cichlids

    All young midas cichlids start off a gray color but then sometimes morph to orange, red, or even white. The midas cichlid may reach up to 16 inches in size. They are heavily built and have very powerful jaws with sharp teeth.

    They will build nests in caves or crevices along the edge of streams and rivers to lay their eggs in rock beds.

    Midas Cichlids in the Wild


    They prefer clear water with sufficient cover such as sunken bushes, trees, and rocks. They sometimes dig burrows under rocks and sunken logs.


    San Juan River and adjacent watersheds in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, as well as areas in Florida.


    Midas cichlids are omnivorous and their diet consists of plant material, molluscs, and smaller fish.

    Population Status

    Not evaluated.

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