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Remarks: Males will develop a nuchal hump in the forehead region. There are some regional variations in color for this species as well. Some believe that Amphilophus istlanus is a naturally occurring hybrid, but so far genetic results are inconclusive. They are very aggressive and should not be housed with anything more timid in nature.
Scientific Name: Amphilophus istlanus
Common Name: Red Side Cichlid
Max Size: 14"
Region of Origin: Central America
Captive Bred or Wild: Captive Bred
Compatibility: Alone, in pairs, or with similarly sized Central or South American cichlids.
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