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The Bay snook is a species of cichlid from Mexico and northern Central America Can grow to 45cm, but generally in a Aquarium reach about 30cm.

They are adaptable to most water conditions, but ideally pH 7.0-7.5 GH more than 15.

Aquarium specimens will take most meaty frozen foods, as well as pellets

While the adults of the Red form show the spectacular solid red coloration, red bay snook fry show the typical black and silver pattern of the normal color morph. This pattern is displayed to a size of 3-4 inches, when the pattern changes. Initially, the color is pinkish or mottled; however, it intensifies with size and age to the rich, rosy red color of the adults. Feedings of foods rich in carotene, such a krill, will accentuate the beautiful red coloration and should therefore be frequently provided.

The scales exhibit a pleasing pearly outline which is more pronounced in males than in females. This attractive coloration is extremely showy and makes the red bay snook an attractive addition to a community tank of large cichlids of similar temperament.

Regarding size, the Red Bay Snook can become quite large. In my experience, males can easily attain 30cm with females reaching at least a foot. While no obvious sexual dimorphism exists, some differences can be found between the sexes. Males tend to grow larger than females of the same age. Additionally, males tend to have a high number of highlighted, or outlined, scales. In addition, the intensity of color is greater in males than in females. Typically, females are fuller bodied.


  • Species – Petenia Splendida
  • Common Name – Red Bay Snook, Gold Snook
  • Origin – Central America, Mexico
  • Diet – Omnivores
  • PH Range – 6.5 – 7.5
  • Temperature – Tropical 22°c – 28°c
  • Breed Type – Egg Layer
  • Current Size – approximately 6cm (Grows to approximately 30cm)
  • Sex – Un-sexed

Red Bay Snook Cichlid

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