Blue Acara

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Aequidens pulcher - (Gill, 1858)
Blue Acara

Blue Acara, an excellent choice for beginning cichlid keepers and breeders. Aaron Norman


The Blue Acara is a lovely fish, generally peaceful, that takes on spectacular colors when mature and in breeding form. This is a wonderful beginner’s cichlid.

Family: Cichlidae

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Habitat: The Blue Acara prefers an aquarium with a dark gravel substrate, and several rocks and driftwood to provide hiding places and for spawning.

Maximum length: 20 cm (8 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 150 L (40 gal)

Water: Freshwater 22 °C (72 °F) - 26 °C (79 °F)

General swimming level: Bottom to midwater.


Carnivore. Like the Convict Cichlid, the Blue Acara will accept just about any food item that comes its way. Feed a varied diet of any of the commercial cichlid pelleted or flake foods, as well as freeze-dried, frozen and live foods, such as bloodworms, brine shrimp and krill.

Aquarium Compatibility

Territorial—acquire one male to several females. Definite sexual dimorphism: males are substantially larger and have longer fins.


Typical of many cichlids, they are bi-parental substrate spawners that lay adhesive eggs primarily on rocks. Pairs form monogamous bonds. Females are slightly rounder.


Does best with a regimen of regular water changes.

Reference: 101 Best Tropical Fishes
Image credit: AN
Text credit: KW