Origin: The ancestors of this species lived in the rainforests of Venezuela. But now Metallic Blue Acaras live in aquariums all over the world.
Behaviors: Metallic Blue Acaras are usually not too aggressive, but males are territorial, when they're preparing to breed, breeding, or protecting their eggs and babies.
Compatibility: Some recommended tank mates include Angelfish, Pictus Catfish, Leporinus, Cory Catfish, Silver Dollars, Headstanders, Eartheater Cichlids, and other less aggressive South American Cichlids.
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Feeding: Premium Fish Food Flakes and Pellets are best. Flakes and smaller sized pellets when they're small, and larger size pellets, when they're bigger are the ideal foods for these fish.
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Water Conditions: These fish can adapt to most types of water, and so as usual it's best not to try to change the pH or hardness.
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Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended. Most 50-gallon aquariums will do well with one Penguin 350B Filter but two such filters are even better, and this makes a very nice set up.
Better, but not required, is a 80, 120, 150, or 200-gallon aquarium with as many Penguin 350B Filters as will fit across the back.
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The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range. Click here to learn more about using Lava Rocks in aquariums.
Gender: It's difficult to tell males from females, when they're very small, but as they mature the males will color up with more pointed fins and grow longer than the females.
A female will become plumper than the males, as she fills with eggs.
The male fertilizes the eggs, and then they both protect their eggs from other tankmates.
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Names: The scientific name of this fish is Andinoacara pulcher.
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