Name: Uaru amphiacanthoides
Origin: South America
I have two Waroos. These are very complicated fish to own. Only the experienced aquarist should maintain this fish in domestication. Mine are about 10 cm long. Both have the normal green tint. The most extraordinary quality of these fish are their orange eyes. These fish are good to have in your tank.
I have 2 Uarus and have had them since they were 5 cm long, they are now 10 and 12 cm. They are very timid fish and seem to like each other's company very much, as they are never apart. They originally got beaten up by my slightly larger fish and still, now and then, get bullied. They are very beautiful fish that take a variation of food, but green matter is essential and they also like to eat wood, so you can not have varnished wood for the aquarium.
A very timid fish that should not be housed with aggressive fish, because they are easily scared. Very fussy about water quality, so good filtration is essential, they are prodominantly herbivorous, but appreciate live bloodworms and daphnia often, and plenty of wood shelter to hide away from other fish.
I own two of these interesting fish. They co-exist very nicely with my severums and blood parrot fish. They seem to be a semi-shy fish that like to hide in my densely planted 280 liter tank. The only gripe I have about them is they eat my live plants. They do great on a diet of cichlid pellets, brine shrimp and also cocktail shrimp.
These fish are great, but incredibly hard to care for. I bought four and followed the dealer's instructions perfectly and they still died.
I bought a breeding trio last night, so I appreciate the comments of all others on this page. Mine went into a black water 1200 litre, water turnover about 3,500 L/h, reef at one end, hollow earthenware (unglazed clay) pipes, hollow logs and a huge two part shipwreck. The pH about 6.8, very soft water. Companions are a large male Chilochromis euchilus about 22 cm long who annoys them a little, a pair of large Labidochromis trewavasae who throw young like clockwork and four Gephyrochromis acei 'Msuli Point'. Tank is not lit and as a result the fish show well, but startle easily. Previous owner had them in a 90 cm tank and they mostly just hung around on the bottom under driftwood. Now they swim freely so I am hoping for babies from both females soon.