The Golden-eye Cichlid (Nannacara anomala)

23 Mar

I have a little colony of Golden-eye Cichlids in a 10 gallon (40L) aquarium. These fish are known as a good beginners fish. They stay small, they are hardy, and they are relatively easy to spawn.

A male is on the right side of this picture.

A male is on the right side of this picture.

I wish I could give a better review of these fish. I do LIKE them, I just don’t LOVE them.

The problem with my fish is that they are so secretive. They dart to the back of the tank and hide behind the sponge filter. If I stand completely still they will come out to feed.


I tried using dither fish. The term “dither fish” means that you put in another species of fish, preferably an active fish, that makes the shy fish realize that everything is OK, and they don’t need to hide.


I had 4 Neon tetras. I thought they might make a good dither fish. When the first one disappeared I wasn’t concerned but he was just an appetizer. The next three were gone in a day or so.

I also tried a little group of guppies and that ended the same way.  I need bigger dither fish.


Golden-eye cichlids are moderately attractive. They don’t have any flashy colors, though I have heard that they get more colorful when spawning . Mine have not spawned, even though I have provided rocks, clay pots, and a fake tree root. They still prefer to hide all the way in back behind the sponge filter.

If you like cichlids but don’t have much room the Golden-eye may be for you.

CAM02825Here’s some black algae growing in the cichlid tank. I bought some plants at our fish club and now I have this. At first, I liked it. It’s furry and attaches to wood and rocks. But then it keeps growing and spreading. My Bristle-nose Plecos don’t touch it. It seems that I will have Black Brush Algae for a long time.


3 Responses to “The Golden-eye Cichlid (Nannacara anomala)”

  1. becomingcliche March 24, 2015 at 10:54 am #

    Zebra danios make good dither fish. They’re substantial enough, but more importantly, they are FAST!

    • fishtanx2011 March 24, 2015 at 12:36 pm #

      For some reason, I thought these dwarf cichlids were peaceful. It’s just a matter of size difference I guess. The Zebra Danio is probably big enough and fast enough. Another problem is that they are only in a 10 gallon tank. My old boss at the tropical fish store said that ANY fish will live with another fish IF the tank is big enough.

  2. John David June 26, 2015 at 4:38 am #

    Nice photos! Very helpful, too, with great information. I enjoyed reading it!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: