Name: Aequidens pulcher
Origin: Colombia to Panama
Blue acara's are interesting fish. Nice colours, but typical cichlids. They dig in the substrate a lot, so good filtration is required. A lot of websites say this fish is a great addition to a cichlid tank. This may be true, but it depends on the individual fish. My larger Acara constantly beats on all his tankmates, to the point where I had to remove all other fish except the other Acara and a common pleco. They are somewhat sensitive to water conditions, so a 25% change weekly is highly recommended. I would recommend this fish to anyone wanting a cichlid that is generally peaceful and won't outgrow a medium tank.
This is a great fish to keep. If it is kept well the colours that are produced are truly amazing, with shining greens and blues and a beautiful orange tip on the fins. This is one of the best aquarium fish.
The blue acara is a fairly peaceful, medium sized cichlid. They get to around 13-15 cm in length. They can be kept with other cichlids that are not too aggressive: Firemouths, Port Acara, Severums, Kribensis and even Convicts if the Acara is fairly bigger than the Convict. However, due to their size, they will be able to consume small fish, like Neons. Blue Acaras will live happily on dried food, but they relish live foods also. I find bloodworms bring out the best colours in these fish.
Looking to get into cichlids, some time ago I bought what was said to be a pair of blue acara. After a few weeks I had doubts they were a pair, but indeed two males. So I introduced a known female. Within days she began breeding with the dominant male, and after removing the other male (who was taking a bit of a beating) they bred successfully. All of this was in a 96 L tank and they were only sized 10 cm or less. You’ll be glad to know they are now nearer 17 cm and are still going strong in a 180 L tank!
I've found my blue acara to be very amusing to watch. I have a breeding pair of firemouths, 6 Jewels, 2 convicts, the acara and a 15 cm pleco in my 210 L tank. The acara has learned who to be scared of and who not to be. For example, he chases the Jewels because they bit him during breeding, and completely ignores the firemouths. The firemouths gave up threatening or attempting to bite, and now literally just push the acara away, and he just slowly drifts. Very relaxed fish, however he can be fast if he feels the need. He has only been aggressive once, and that was after his breeding partner died when she was bitten by a Jewel during breeding - he returned to normal a few days later. My guy also changes colour a lot, and you can see the transformation in minutes from silver as shown above, to pitch black, with deep blue fins and a bright yellow stripe along the top. He mostly spends his day watching people out the front of the tank. He also seems to tease the firemouths by hanging around their cave, for what appears to be no reason at all.
I absolutely love these fish! Blue Acaras are an excellent addition to any tank, but I think they do better in a species tank. I have two pairs which have bred at opposite ends of the tank within 2 days of each other. Unfortunately, the first and second litter ate the third and fourth litter (I did not have the tank space to separate them all). Now all of the fry which have not been sold have reached 8-10 cm. I highly recommend these fish to anyone who loves an easy disposition, medium sized colorful cichlid!