The chocolate cichlid is a large freshwater fish originally from South America. It is favored by aquarium enthusiasts for its calm temperament and ability to cohabitate with other large fish. With proper care and attention, your chocolate cichlid may even become tame enough to take food out of your hand.
If you think that the chocolate cichlid will make the perfect aquatic pet, you must first be prepared to purchase a large tank. This fascinating fish has the potential to grow as large as 12 inches (30 cm) in length. This species will not thrive or grow to its greatest potential size in a a small tank, therefore providing a tank that is at least 55 gallons (208 l) will be best for your finned friend. If you want a pair of cichlids or additional tank mates, a 100-gallon tank (379 l) will provide the space you need for multiple large fish.