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Threadfin Acara Geophagus heckelii Acarichthys heckelii

Category: Cichlids - South American - Geophagines

Size: 7-8cm

Price: £18.95 each

Discount: No discounts available

Stock: 1 in stock


Water Chemistry: Adaptable

Diet: Adaptable

Sociability: Aggressive

Care Level: Easy

Schooling Fish: No


Beautiful wild caught , settled well.


Further details:

Further information can be found below:

Fish type: tropical
Male or Female Cannot be sexed
Water conditions: These fish are currently kept in water Ph 6.8 and Soft
Breeding: TBC
Volume Discount: No discounts available
Size: 7-8cm

Acarichthys heckelii (Threadfin Acara, Geophagus heckelii)

Large, pinkish-yellow cichlid marked with pearly spots along the flanks and mottled with irregular dark vertical bands. There is a prominent eyespot halfway along the body and a dark vertical band through the eye. The most distinctive feature of this species is the great length of the dorsal and anal fins. No obvious differences between the sexes.


Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

As with all geophagine cichlids, water quality needs to be consistently good for long term success. Nitrate in particular must be monitored, and ideally kept at below 20 mg/l; higher levels seems to stress the fish and make it more susceptible to diseases such as Hole-in-the-Head. Otherwise a hardy and reliable aquarium fish.

Aggressive and territorial, particularly when spawning. Choose tankmates with care.

As a typical eartheating cichlid, this species needs to be kept in a tank with a sandy substrate. Any non-calcareous sand will do, but silver sand (smooth silica sand) is ideal. Since plants will be uprooted, use either plastic plants or epiphytes attached to wood or rocks (Java fern, Anubias, etc.). Take care to ensure the filter isn't quickly clogged with sand.

Difficult to breed in aquaria.


Fish Details:

Further fish details are shown below:

Distribution South America: Colombia, Brazil, Guyana, Peru
Temperature 23-26 C
Size Around 20 cm
Water Parameters Adaptable, but avoid extremes
Water PH 6.0-7.5