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Acarichthys heckelii

Family:

Cichlidae

Origin:

Brazil, Gyuana, Colombia, Peru

Length:

11 - 20 cm; 4 -8"

Min. length aquarium:

180 cm - 72"

English name:

Threadfin Acara

A relatively quiet, peaceful fish with its family, which builds a territory. Often aggressive with other species. The aquarium should be set up with stones and driftwood. As a result you become caves. However, sufficiently free swimming space should be left. A frequent changing of the water is necessary.

You should give the fish rather large living food. After a period other food as big shrimp will be accepted.

Breeding is not too difficult. Some hundreds of eggs are laid in a cave. The female looks after the eggs in the cave, as the male defends the surroundings. After 3 days the eggs hatch and another 3 days later the young are swimming free. Both parents care for the fry. You can feed the young with baby brine shrimp. The fry are abandoned by their parents at 8-12 mm , but sometimes may continue to stay near the nest and use it for escape in the absence of the parents.

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Maximum Temperature:

79F

Minimum
Temperature:

73F

pH
Range:

6.5 - 7

GH
Range:

5 - 8

Swimming
Level:

Water
Movement:

Community tank. Generally peaceful.

 

Predator. Generally aggressive.

 

Moderate to
bright light. 

 

Low
ight.

 

Moderate to
heavily planted tank.

 

Rock, or
bogwood.

Open sand or gravel.
Little or no decoration.

Active or
surface swimmer.

 

Likes hideaways and
cover.

Live foods,
only.

 

Live, frozen, or
prepared foods.

 

Threadfin Acara
   

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