Chocolate Cichlid 5cm

The Chocolate Cichlid, also known as the Emerald Cichlid, is originally from the Amazon basin of South America and is now being captive bred. The coloration of these fish at maturity is mostly brown, interspersed with varying shades of red, orange, gold, green and yellow. However, like a chameleon, the coloration of Hypselecara temporalis can vary tremendously between individuals based on a variety of factors including age, diet, etc, as well as during courtship. The Chocolate Cichlid has a prominent black spot on the upper middle back section and another less pronounced spot on the peduncle, or base of the fish’s tail.

The Chocolate Cichlid requires a minimum aquarium size of 70 gallons or larger with a fine gravel bottom. Plenty of rocks, driftwood and even terra cotta flowerpots are recommended for hiding. The Chocolate Cichlid is a peaceful fish that is rarely territorial or aggressive, except towards conspecifics especially during spawning. It can easily be kept with other more peaceful cichlids such as Severums, Uarus and Jurpari.

Adult Chocolate Cichlids are easier to sex than juveniles. Mature Male Chocolate Cichlids will develop a frontal hump and their head and will be larger than females. Chocolate Cichlids are substrate spawners that will deposit their eggs in holes they have dug out. Both parents will watch over the eggs and newly hatched fry.

Chocolate Cichlids are omnivores, and will eat most prepared and frozen foods, including Brine Shrimp, Mysis Shrimp, Bloodworms, flake food and Cichlid pellets.

  • 1x Chocolate Cichlid 5cm

DOA Policy for Live Fish shipping

At Aquaholics, we place utmost importance on the careful shipping of live fish to ensure their safe arrival. Our commitment to quality includes taking various measures during transit. Each fish bag is infused with medical-grade oxygen and an ammonia-neutralizing solution. In colder periods, we also utilize heat packs to maintain optimal temperatures. However, we understand that unforeseen circumstances can sometimes lead to unfortunate outcomes. To provide you with peace of mind, we have implemented a Dead-on Arrival (DOA) policy that ensures you are covered in such situations.


  1. Owner's Presence: It is essential for the owner or an authorised representative to be available at the provided shipping address to receive the fish. If no one is available, the courier will leave your parcel in a safe space as all fish orders are shipped ATL.
  2. Shipping Address: Please provide a valid street address for shipping. Ensure the address is accurate and complete to avoid any delivery issues.
  3. Reporting DOA: If you receive a fish that is dead on arrival, please notify us promptly. Within 2 hours of receiving the fish, send an email to our customer support team. Include the following details in your email:
    • Name: Your full name
    • Order Number: The unique order number associated with your purchase
    • DOA Fish Picture: Attach a clear picture of the deceased fish

Terms and Conditions:

  1. Timely Notification: Please make your DOA claim within 2 hours of receiving the fish. Claims submitted after this timeframe will not be eligible for compensation.
  2. Proper Documentation: Ensure that your email includes accurate and complete information, including your name, order number, email, and a clear picture of the deceased fish. Incomplete or inaccurate information may delay the processing of your claim.
  3. Verification: Our customer support team will review the provided information to verify the DOA claim. Once the claim is validated, we will proceed with the appropriate compensation.
  4. Compensation Options: In the event of a DOA, we offer two compensation options: a) Store Credit: You will receive a store credit equal to the value of the deceased fish, which can be used for future purchases. b) Refund: We can issue a refund for the value of the deceased fish, processed through the original payment method used for the purchase.
  5. Shipping Costs: Please note that shipping costs are non-refundable unless the entire order is considered a DOA.
  6. Conditions Apply: Our DOA policy covers only fish that are dead upon arrival. It does not apply to fish that perish after successful delivery and acclimation to their new environment.

We are committed to providing the best possible experience for our customers and ensuring the well-being of our live fish. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our DOA policy, don't hesitate to get in touch with our customer support team at [email protected] , and we will be glad to assist you.



Note: The terms and conditions outlined in this DOA policy are subject to change without prior notice. We recommend reviewing the most up-to-date policy on our website or contacting our customer support team for any updates.

Thank you again for allowing us on your aqaurium journey.


Jesse Elstak


  • Common Name – Chocolate Cichlid, Emeral Cichlid
  • Origin – South America; Amazon basin, Brazil.
  • Diet – Omnivore
  • PH Range – 6 – 7
  • Temperature – Tropical 24–28°c
  • Breed Type – Egg layer
  • Current Size – approximately 5cm (Grows to approximately 20cm)
  • Sex – Un-sexed




SKU LF-ChocCichlid5cm
Barcode # 880816468238
Brand Live Fish
Shipping Weight 0.1000kg
Shipping Width 0.100m
Shipping Height 0.100m
Shipping Length 0.100m


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