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Blue Acara: Aequidens Pulcher
The Blue Acara, or Aequidens Pulcher is a hardy and attractive omnivorous fish. Its coloration gives it an iridescent quality. It rates low on the aggression scale, and in that, is quite different from most cichlids. These South American fish are quite easy to breed.
The Blue Acara goes by the scientific name of Aequidens Pulcher. Not only is it a hardy fish, but it is also beautiful. By temperament it is not really aggressive, but may take advantage of smaller tankmates. Ideally you should keep them with fish that are of a similar or larger size. Firemouths and severum would make good tankmates for the blue acara.
This oval fish has a broad forehead which tapers down to form a compact rear end. Males have longer fins than the females. With a grayish base color which seems tinted with blue, and with shiny bluish-green scales, blue acaras have a glistening appearance. The body has 5 to 8 black stripes which may not always be distinctly visible.
Blue acaras are omnivorous fish that are easy to please as far as food is concerned. You could give them proteins through foods like bloodworms, earthworms, and even frozen foods like brine shrimp.
They would be very satisfied with a large aquarium (at least 32 gallons) that has many hiding places. You could also add some plants but blue acaras loves to dig out plants; so be prepared. You could use a fine gravel substrate.
They are fairly easy to breed, and can even breed every two weeks. They lay their eggs on areas like clean rocks. Blue acaras are very protective parents and may get hostile towards other fish while caring for their young.
The water in a blue acara tank should be changed regularly as their excretions would make the water cloudy and cause the fish to fall sick. Filtration in a blue acara tank is of the utmost importance.
Found in the central and north-eastern parts of the South American continent, blue acaras grow to about 8 inches. The ideal temperature range for these fish is 72oC to 82oC, and a pH range of between 6.5 and 7.5.
[Permission for using the above picture has been given by Jeff Rapps of Tangled Up In Cichlids.]
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