Vieja Hartwegi Tailbar Cichlid

  • Tailbar Cichlid (Vieja Hartwegi) adds color and personality to your tank.
  • Omnivorous, prefers peaceful tank mates in well-maintained aquariums (pH 7.5-7.8).
  • Grows to 12 inches, lives 15 years – a vibrant, long-lasting fish.
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Vieja Hartwegi: The Tailbar Cichlid


Liven up your aquarium with the Vieja Hartwegi, also known as the Tailbar Cichlid. This vibrant fish is a captivating addition to the tank, boasting a colorful personality to match its scales.

Scientific Name

Vieja hartwegi

Water Quality

For optimal health, Vieja Hartwegi prefer pristine, well-filtered water with a moderate current.

  • pH Level: 7.5 – 7.8 (slightly alkaline)
  • GH Level: 8 – 12 dGH (moderately hard)
  • KH Level: 8 – 12 dKH (moderately hard)


Vieja Hartwegi are omnivores, enjoying a varied diet of high-quality flake food, algae wafers, and occasional treats of brine shrimp or bloodworms.

Tank Mates

Due to their territorial nature, Vieja Hartwegi are best housed with larger, peaceful tank mates like armored catfish or other Central American cichlids. Avoid keeping them with smaller fish or overly passive species.


Distinguishing males from females can be challenging in juveniles. Adult males tend to be larger and develop more vibrant coloration, particularly a pronounced red patch on the lower body.


Vieja Hartwegi are monogamous breeders. They readily spawn in captivity, laying their eggs on a flat surface like a rock or piece of driftwood.

Maximum Size and Longevity

With proper care, Vieja Hartwegi can reach up to 12 inches (30 cm) in length and live for 10-15 years.

General Information

Vieja Hartwegi are known for their intelligence and can even recognize their owner! They appreciate hiding places within the tank, such as driftwood and rock formations.

Fun Fact

Vieja Hartwegi come in two forms: The typical morph with a mid-lateral body band, and a recently discovered “rheophilic” form found in fast-flowing rivers.


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Where I am from


Central America

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Care Level


Potential of Hydrogen

pH Level Aquarium pH measures water acidity/alkalinity. 7 is neutral. Fish have pH preferences; maintain ideal levels for their health and stability.

7.5 – 7.8

General Hardness

GH Level GH (General Hardness) in aquariums measures minerals like calcium and magnesium. It affects fish health by showing water\'s mineral content.

8 – 12 dGH

Carbonate Hardness

KH Level KH (Carbonate Hardness) in an aquarium stabilizes pH. It acts like a shield, keeping the water conditions just right for fish.

8 – 12 dKH


Temperature Ideal temperature needed for fish

24°C – 28°C

How long will I live

Life Span

8 – 15 Years

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