Andinoacara pulcher (Blue Acara, Aequidens pulcher)

A sturdy, handsome fish that works well in a large community tank alongside other, not too delicate species such as Congo tetras, giant danios, loaches, and dwarf Synodontis. Although not particularly aggressive by cichlid standards, it is perhaps a bit too rough and predatory to work with small tetras, guppies, angelfish, etc. It is also rather a greedy, messy fish so must be kept in an aquarium with an excellent filter. Doesn't dig much, but can damage delicate plants.

This fish can be muddled up with the "green terror", Aequidens rivulatus. That fish is far more aggressive and can only be kept with very robust species.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

An omnivorous species, this fish benefits from a varied diet including live foods and some vegetables or algae.

Breeding is not difficult. Males are distinguished by the extended rays on the dorsal and anal fins. The eggs are laid on clean stones, and generally the parents look after them very well. Once free swimming, the fry can be raised on newly hatched brine shrimp and liquid fry food.

Family Group: South and Central American Cichlids
Distribution Central America
Temperature 24-26C
Size Around 15cm
Water Parameters Neutral to slightly alkaline
Water PH 6.5-7.5

Shop stock

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Abacus Aquatics Kent DA15 8DJ View shop

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