The blue acara is a very colorful freshwater fish in the cichlid family. This fish can be found in various freshwater habitats, ranging from standing water to flowing streams, in Venezuela and Trinidad. They can reach lengths of 16 cm.
Quick Care Facts
Care Level: Easy
Maximum Size: 4″
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Water Conditions: 74-84° F, pH 5.5-7.0, KH 1-5
Origin: Farm Raised – Asia
Like the Electric Blue Ram, the Electric Blue Acara will breed true with all of the fry exhibiting electric blue coloration. If cross bread with a typical Blue Acara, you will end up with 100% normal Blue Acara who carries a recessive electric gene. This is good for the long term health of the species, as wild Blue Acara can be bred back into the gene pool while still maintaining plenty of electric blue offspring.
Adult Electric Blue Acara will do well in aquariums that are at least 30 gallons, which should ideally have either a fine sandy substrate or small size gravel substrate, contain multiple places where they can find shelter like driftwood, rock structures, or dense vegetation and areas of both diffused and bright lighting.
Electric Blue Acara will appreciate planted aquariums that simulate their native environment, but have been known to dig some while breeding which can cause some uprooting in plants that are not well established. Electric Blue Acara have become quite popular within a short time due not only to their brilliant coloration, but due to their good temperament and ability to fit in well in a variety of aquarium environments.
They can peacefully coexist with all but the smallest most shy fish or largest most aggressive fish, which makes them an excellent addition to most hobbyists aquariums. It should be noted that they will become more aggressive during breeding, thus mated pairs will not be suitable for community aquariums with smaller tank mates.
Electric Blue Acara may bully or even eat very small fish like Neon Tetra, but can be kept with most all types of community fish larger than 2 inches (5 cm) in length. Overall they are a hardy, colorful, moderately sized, long lived and full of personality community Cichlid species.
Feeding & Nutrition
The Electric Blue Acara is an omnivore and should be fed a variety of foods, such as frozen or freeze-dried brine shrimp, bloodworms, blackworms, flake food, and Cichlid pellets. They also relish live food and should occasionally be provided with live white worms, brine shrimp, or other similar items. Best to feed 2 to 3 times a day an amount of food that they will consume within a few minutes.