These are easy to breed cichlids that do well in a community aquarium with other fish of similar size. The Blue Acara requires an aquarium of at least 50-gallons, with a sandy bottom, rocks and plenty of hiding places among the rocks. Generally peaceful with other fish of similar size, but can get territorial during breeding time. To promote breeding, raise aquarium temperature to 78-82°F. Male and female will care for the young. The female will lay the eggs on a cleaned rock. They will spawn about every two weeks if the young are removed from the aquarium.
They are omnivorous and will eat most prepared and frozen foods, including freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex, and ocean plankton, as well as flake food and Cichlid pellets.
HABITAT: Venezuela and Trinidad.
Compatible: South American Cichlids of similar size, Loaches, Plecos, and scavenger Catfish.
Aquarium Setup: 72-80°F; pH 6.5-8.0; dH 9-20
Size:6 1/4 in (16 cm)