Super Red Tiger Motaguense

In Super Red Tiger Motaguense on September 2, 2010 at 1:25 am

Been looking for some nice RT Motaguense for a while. There are a few different strains out there from various different locations, but none compare to the ones that I just picked up last week. Unfortunately they’ve passed through a few hands, so I have no source information on this pair.

They’re still awesome, and it’s easy to see why so many cichlid nuts consider them to be one of the most desireable Central American cichlids around.

Female in the bag

Male in the bag

Kept them divided for a week before I let the male into the female's side today.

Tons of iridescent blue/white under the chin and actually all over. The pix really don't do these guys justice.

What a nice pair of fish!

All pix taken with a Panasonic FZ50, external manual flash, shutter priority, with minimal post-processing in Photoshop.

It's fairly easy to differentiate between the sexes. Aside from the size difference, females lack a lot of the iridescence that mark the males. Females also look more "solidly" coloured.

Male RT Motaguense have almost a "lattice" type look as opposed to the solid colour of the females.

As they get older, the differences in colour and pattern will increase.

Getting to know each other again.

She's pretty feisty, and is holding her own so far.

They may look like a nice compatible pair in this pic, but Central American cichlid pairs often have violent moments, so it's a good idea to have an exit strategy for the female. The bricks are perfect for her cuz he can't fit in them.

  1. Hey, you’ve got some very nice motas there!

  2. who has fish like those red tigers for sale? The male looks just like the female in color… Dont see that very often.Nice! been looking around and its hard to find em.

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