That's not a Green Terror!

Information and guides to the south American Cichlid genus Andinoacara

Andinoacara cf. pulcher sp. “Choco”


Common Name

  • None

Collection Locality

Río Atrato, Río Baudo and Río San Juan basins, Colombia.


The name given to this species is derived from the area in which is was collected.


unknown, but thought to be similar to Andinoacara pulcher


As an omnivorous fish they are generally easy to feed. It is suggested to feed a good quality cichlid stick as staple, and supplement this with regular feeds of live and frozen foods such as earthworms, prawns, mussels, and other such foods.

Vegetable matter, including peas, spinach should also form a good proportion of the diet. High protein foods such as beefheart and other red meats are not advisable.

We feed our fish with Vitalis cichlid pellets, and live foods, including bloodworm, and meal worm.


Unless you are keeping this fish in a large tank (4 feet or more) then it is best they are kept as single fish, or as a mate pair. The older the fish the more aggressive and territorial they become, and will consume any fish small enough to fit in their mouths.

Unlike some of the related fish in the rivulatus complex, the pulcher complex is relatively docile and is more compatible with other fish and smaller aquarium setups.

Good tank mates for these fish are other medium cichlids, large characins, such as bleeding heart tetras, and catfish such as corydoras and ancistrus.

These fish are not suitable for a standard community tank.


This acara shares some charaistics with both Andinoacara pulcher and Andinoacara rivulatus. It has a similar sie and shape as A. pulcher, but the colouration is closer to A. rivulatus.

Unlike Andinoacara pulcher these fish show a white seam to the dorsal fin rather than the orange of their cousins.