Green Terror


The Green Terror is a beautifully marked cichlid. Its body is a greenish white with many electric blue spots on the chin area. The males of this species have a longer tail fin, which is outlined in red.

The Green Terror requires an aquarium of at least 50 gallons, with a sandy bottom, and rock work that will provide plenty of hiding spots. Live plants should be planted in pots to protect the roots from these fish. The Green Terror is generally peaceful with other fish of similar size, but can get more territorial as it matures.

The Green Terror is an open-breeder and will accept a range of water conditions. The Green Terror readily pairs and the female will take the bigger role in raising the fry. The female will lay the eggs on a cleaned, flat rock. They will spawn about every two weeks if the young are removed from the aquarium.

The Green Terror is omnivorous and will eat most prepared and frozen foods, including freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex, and ocean plankton, as well as flake food and Cichlid pellets.

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Paulette Tremblay February 1, 2010 at 11:58 am

My husband and I have raised a male green terror since he was 1 1/2 inches. Jack is now the width of our 48 gal. tank. Jack’s wife Li’l Jill is about 5 inches and growing slowly. We’ve had Jack about 3 years, Jill about a year now. She has spawned 3x now and on New Year’s Eve 2009 our first fertilized eggs arrived. About 100 eggs. Little black dots on the eggs and we’ve watched the whole process as they are the only ones in the tank. We now have a school of green terrors about 1/4 inch. What happens if the fry are put into a little breeder basket where the female can see them? She was guarding the basket last night. We think Li’l Jill had been eating them but did she pick off the weak ones? Should we take the babies out of the breeder basket and roam in the tank and just take our chances? I have day by day video on my Facebook for the past 30 days if you care to see them.

Samdo*fish*lover January 25, 2016 at 10:20 pm

Hello I was wondering if you could help on knowing if I have a male or female I heard around 3″ the male would start forming a bump on his head I would like to get a pair going so if you could give some help I would appreciate it thanks

Johnny March 28, 2016 at 9:54 pm

hey there. if you have questions about this fish, join the forum at and the members there will be able to help you out!

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