Location of Cichla in Brazil

Lucas Fontenele

Jack Dempsey
MFK Member
Dec 10, 2012
Fortaleza, Ceará - Brazil
Ok guys, I hadn't time to check out all the pages to see if there was a post about it here, but I will tell a bit about the peacocks of Northest of Brazil.

Northeast of Brazil is a semi-arid region. There weren't many perennial rivers, and with that, people suffered starvation and thirst with no agriculture.
Reservoir in Granja, Ceará (pay attention in the environment)

Worried about that, Brazil government created DNOCS ( National department of works aggainst drought). DNOCS made a lots of reserchs about fishes, and also constructed a lots of reservoirs, wich made lots of non-perennial rivers become perennial.

The fishes of northeast dont have the perfect caracteristics to serve as food, so one of the DNOCS works was to bring some economical important species to this region.

A lot of fishes were brought, Piranhas, Oscars, Peacocks, Araipama, Colossoma macropomum and etc.
401853_298487540246912_785959984_n.jpgCichla sp., in DNOCS museum.

Actually, is know to be introduced in Northeast of Brazil two species of Peacock bass.

Here, in Ceará, in almost all reservoirs, we have the Cichla kelberi, wich reproduces so much, and dont grow so much, but we can easily see individuals ranging from 0,6 kgs to 2,5 kgs.

(Cichla kelberi, caught in Castanhão reservoir, thanks for Sgambatti from Turma do biguá Fórum for the pic)

Not distributed in a large range like C. kelberi, we have the Cichla pinima, wich seens to grow much more than C. kelberi.
Here in Ceará we have notice of this fish introduced in Jaguaribe River, and Banabuiú river, but also in other northeast rivers.

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(Cichla pinima, caught in Castanhão reservoir, thanks for Sgambatti from Turma do biguá Fórum for the pic)

Its interesting that we have notice of fishs of this specie ranging about 11 kgs, wich is close to the amazonic region.

Heres where you can find then:



I limited my post to the region I know and live, but you can surely find then in all northeast of brazil, principally C. kelberi.