- Scientific name: Andinoacara pulcher
- Synonyms: Aequidens pulcher, Aequidens latifrons, Cychlasoma pulchrum
- Common name: Blue acara
- Group: Cichlids
- Habitat: South America; Trinidad: Panama; northern Venezuela; Columbia.
- Size: 12-15 cm.
- Biotope: Calm and slow-moving waters
- Social behavior: Territorial, peaceful even toward its own species, the fish form pairs. They burrow, but do not destroy plants. Pairs form a nuclear family and make excellent parents.
- Diet: Carnivorous; All types of live food; flakes rarely
- Breeding: Quite easy
- Tank: Minimum 100 litres.
- Population: 1 pair for 150 litres
- Decoration: Need a bottom of sand or fine gravel with rocks and roots for hiding. Use hardy plants such as Giant Vallisneria and Sagittaria.
- Temperature: 24-26°C
- pH: 6-8.
- Hardness: 1-25 NK°
- Lifespan: 10 years
Description: The Blue Acara is a beautiful fish with a mostly steel blue-gray coloration, but has a broader forehead than other Acara species. Shape: ralatively deep body; compressed, particularly at the caudal pedunce. Color: at spawning time, takes on a magnificent iridescence, and six to eight gleaming greenish-gold horizontal lines of spots appear on the sides. The are a few green horizontal lines on the face and their overall bluish-green scales give them a sparkling appearance.
It is difficult to distinguish between sexes. The fins on the male are longer and the extended rays on the dorsal and anal fins often arch around the caudal fin. Frequent water changes (1/3 to 1/2 weekly) are suggested because excretion can cloud the water. Dirty water can promote diseases.
Open breaders, the fish will spawn on rocks. The larvae and fry are well guarded and are easy to raise. Well adjusted pairs may spawn several times a year. Fish are sexually mature from two and one-half inches (7 cm).
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