Blue Acara Cichlid, Aequidens pulcher Cichlid Fish Guide

blue acara cichlid fish. Here we see the male fanning the eggs. Great to watch
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As with most fish the Blue Acara cichlids are prone to skin flukes and other parasitic infestations (protozoa, worms, etc.), fungal infections, and bacterial infections. It is recommended to read up on the common tank diseases. Knowing the signs and catching and treating them early makes a huge difference. For information about freshwater fish diseases and illnesses, see .
Electric Blue Acara. Had a decent size pair, both with more orange on fins. Two of my favorite fish.
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The fish got ich in their second week here. It's not too uncommon for small cichlids shipped this time of year. The cooler temps and the stress from shipping (not to mention the thousands of fish that are probably passing through the wholesaler's place from all over) seem to make them more susceptible to it. I talked to a handful of other people with electric blue acaras and theirs got ich, too. I did a seven-day heat and salt treatment and it disappeared before it ever got bad; it was never more than a couple spots on the fins. This is why we quarantine, everyone! They're in their final week of elevated heat now, then I'll gradually drop it and eventually move them to a 55 for some more growing out. 2. They could be like Electric Blue Acaras and require one EB fish to be crossed with one non-EB fish.
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The Blue Acara is a comparatively peaceful South- and Central American cichlid, but it is known to bully smaller fish and is therefore normally kept with fish of its own size or larger. Really small fish will be considered food. The Blue Acara is often kept with other fairly peaceful South and Central American cichlids, e.g. Firemouth cichlids (Thorichthys meeki), Convicts (Amatitlania nigrofasciata) and Banded cichlids (Heros severus). The Blue Acara is a predatory fish that feeds chiefly on worms, insects and crustaceans in the wild. In the aquarium they will eat live and fresh food, and most specimens can be trained onto frozen and dry foods as well. You can for instance give your fish a combination of cichlid pellets, flakes, brine shrimp, blood worms, earth worms and other types of meaty foods. They will also like chopped fish from the grocery store. The should ideally be furnished with a soft, sandy and driftwood branches. Floating plants to provide shade are also a good idea, but rooted plants are less so, as this fish is an avid digger. that can be attached to decor, such as Anubias or java fern stand a much better chance of survival. The blue acara can be quite sensitive to deteriorating water quality so employ an efficient biological , along with a stringent maintenance regime.A very beautiful fish! The sides have a base color of Yellow to Brown with hints of Green or Blue in it. The belly area is also this color but of a paler hue. The back looks to be an army Green in color. The scales of the Acara each have a shinny Blue or Blue-Green spot that give the whole body an iridescent view. The sides are marked with a series of five to eight up and down bands with the forth band having a large Black blotch in it. The iris in the eye is Yellow. The gill covers and cheeks have many metallic dots in same sheen of Blue or Green as the scales. The caudal or tail fin is mostly clear with a hint of Red in it. The other fins all have a Blue Green sheen, with the dorsal being outlined in Red. The lips are a pale Blue in color. During breeding the sides are marked with a series of six to eight side to side rows of Green to Golden dots. The females are generally the same color overall, without the extended fins.A wonderful beginner’s cichlid, the Blue Acara has been a mainstay of the hobby for many years. Unfortunately most of the fish we see in the hobby today are pale imitations of the wild caught fish, as captive breeding has narrowed the pool. Some of the fish available are also known to be hybrids with other related .If you wish to coax your Blue Acara into breeding, try keeping the temperature in the upper part of the recommended range, around 26-28° C (79-82° F), and the water soft (3-10° dGH) and acidic (pH 6.5-6.9). Give the fish a suitable rock or similar to use as spawning substrate.