Language English Tropical Rainforest Photo: Biodôme Photo: Biodôme OngletsDescriptionDistinguishing features The midas cichlid is a fish with large lips and spiny fins. It is one of the largest cichlids. The species comes in a variety of colours. The male has a bump on its head. Reproduction The male and female select a spawning site, a rock that they clean with their mouths. The female lays 300 to 500 eggs, one at a time, depositing them in rows. The parents oxygenate the eggs for 4 days, until they hatch. Diet These fish are omnivorous, eating aquatic plants and small prey, including other fish and insects. Predators Their enemies are birds and other fish. They are also caught by humans. Habitat They live in fresh water in Central America, in such lakes as Lake Nicaragua. Ecology, behaviour The male and female both care for the young. To protect them, they gather them together at dusk. This is an aggressive species. French nameDiable rouge (Citrinellum) Scientific nameAmphilophus citrinellusPhylumChordataClassOsteichthyes (bony fish)OrderPerciformesFamilyCichlidaeSizeMaximum length: 35 cmStatusCommon species, commercially exploited for sale to aquarists.