Parachromis motaguensis is a big, predatory cichlid native to Central America. Just like the other members of the genus Parachromis, it is often referred to as Guapote fish. Parachromis motaguensis is one of the most commonly kept Guaoptes, chiefly thanks to the very beautiful coloration worn by breeding specimens. Its common name in English is “Red Tiger Cichlid”, a name derived from the look of the breeding females. The species is also known as False yellowjacket cichlid.
Parachromis motaguensis can be found along the Atlantic slope of Guatemala and Honduras (in the Motagua River basin) as well as along the Pacific slope of Guatemala and Honduras from Rio Naranjo River to Rio Choluteca. It inhabits both lakes and rivers and prefers the moderate to fast flowing waters of the lower and middle river valley sections. Their natural habitat is usually filled with rocks and fallen trees and mimicking such conditions in the aquarium is recommended.