Vieja argentea (Silver Cichlid)
1.5 to 2 inch
The Silver Cichlid also described as Paraneetroplus argenteus, is a large Mexican cichlid species that matures to pearly silvery coloration with black speckles. It is found in the rivers and drainage systems of western Mexico. Their native river habitat is comprised mostly of rocky areas and submerged wood / tree stumps with most of the submerged vegetation growing near the river banks. The Silver Cichlid is quite aggressive and territorial. This cichlid is very popular due to their brilliant appearance. Both male and female specimens have a brilliant silver/white coloration with attractive black and blue markings, with the males also exhibiting a nuchal hump.