Animal Stories - Midas Cichlid

Animal-World Information about: Midas Cichlid

Known for its high variety of colors and a showstopping appearance, the Midas Cichlid is a guaranteed eye-catcher in any aquarium!
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Liam McEwan - 2011-08-15
I am going to purchase a midas cichlid and an oscar cichlid for my tank. I need some info on midas cichlids.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-15
    Here's your Midas article - let us know if additioanl questions. OK? Hey thanks for answering the other fellas questions good going....
LInda - 2010-04-13
I have a Midas that is identical to the pictures. She is older as I purchased her as an adult. She has a hump on her head. She lays eggs. I am looking for a mate for her. She is with another Cichlid but nothing seems to be happening and she is fixing to lay again. I would love some fry in my tank. We love watching her. She is aggressive sometimes and very sweet other times. I just want her to have a mate. if you can help! Thanks.

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  • ian - 2010-12-06
    Linda unfortunately if the photo is correct then you have a male i have a few pairs and have kept fish for 30 yrs and bred fish for chester zoo, if you need any young females give me a call on 01224-707034 i have about 220 at present hope this is of some help, if true picture he will need at least 6 or 10 ladies give me a call give you free, keep the hobby going, great fish.
  • Rita - 2011-03-23
    I have 2 midas, each in a 30 gal tank. How do you tell the sex? Both of mine were bright orange but suddenly the smaller & older of the two began to lose color. Now the older & smaller one is slightly orange in the face, but is mostly white. The bright orange gets hyper sometime when it's feeding time, but the lighter colored one is calm. They only share each tank with a pleco.
  • Mark - 2011-07-18
    @ Ian. Females can grow humps on their head as well. And if the fish laid eggs it's pretty obvious that it is a female.
Jeffrey McCrary - 2011-07-10
I live in Nicaragua and I get to see these fish a lot. Our group has discovered several of the new species and we are continuing to discover more. We scuba dive to study them. Here is a place to find some more photos and videos of them in the natural setting:

Please contact us if you would like to see some of these.

Jeffrey McCrary
Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve, Nicaragua

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-11
    Thank you very much. Your photos are beautiful. If it is OK, we would love to have some photos.
Andy - 2009-12-09
I have a beautiful aldult female Midas,I have had her for over 14 years she have some
great qualities,she dances for me at feeding time,years ago she used to bump the
top glass to let me know to cut the light on so i put a timer on the light I believe
her longevity comes from frequent water changes and her tank undergravel filter.
I delight and get great pleasure in watching Her.

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  • Lorna - 2010-02-22
    Hi Andy,
    I too had a Midas but I had a male, my "Big Guy" was about 8 -9 inches long. I certainly know what a pleasure they can be... and hev"danced the ballet" at feeding time, just like yours. He also likes to take food from my fingers, he would reach out of the top of the tank a couple of inches just to get some frozen blood worms and he would play tug-o-war with nightcrawlers. He had more personality then some people I know. I never had a fish that was so cool and so smart.
    Unfortunately I lost him to a malfunctioning heater. I had him for about 6 years, I was heartbroken when he died. I hope to have another one someday...
  • Zina - 2011-07-06
    is this Lorna Clowers? I know you love fish and I haven't heard of another Lorna....,,,
AtlantaMidas2010 - 2010-12-16
I am moving my midas to a new 55gallon tank..He/she bullied all the others except my Cory Catfish!..My midas doesn't chase them,bite them or anything even when they're right in his face!!They been together since day 1 (about 4months)..But do midas ever get bored or stressed from being alone for so long?

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-12-16
    I don't think so. They can be pretty happy with a territory all to themselves :)
Mark - 2010-02-19
I read a lot of comments about Midas cichlids killing other fish. Sure they are aggressive, but when you keep them in a 150 or 200 gallon tank things won't get out of control (most of the time). There will of course always be fights, but that's not a problem. I keep them in a 200 gallon with other big Central American cichlids like Vieja's, Jaguars and a pair of Amphilophus Amarillo (very closely related to the Midas) and I never had one fish kill another.

Andy - 2009-12-11
I have a 13 year old female Midas who dances at feeding time. Her color is so bright and beautiful, she has some great qualities. I owe her longevity to frequent water changes and an undergravel filter.

nick - 2009-09-13
My dad has a midas/green terror cichlid. It is in a 60 gallon with some other fish. It's really vicious. He is only a juvenile and has killed a buttikofery we had, a blue dragon, and well, it was a mistake that we put in a chinese catfish. Needless to say, they are very aggressive fish that need their own space.

Sandy - 2009-06-23
I had a pair of Jack Dempseys and a pair of Midas chiclids. The Midas laid eggs, hundreds of them. They hatched and as the babies grew I noticed something very wrong in their coloring! I have 3 babies left; one is orange, one is colored as a jack dempsey, and the third is orange on the bottom and jack dempsey marked on the top. I was certainly surprised!

Anonymous - 2009-05-04
I keep my midas with convicts and jacks. He is 11 inches, my other fish are much smaller. Almost three years and I have never had a problem.