Aequidens diadema

82F
Explanation of the symbols

73F
Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Brazil, Venezuela
Length : 20 cm - 8"
Min.length aquarium : 180 cm - 70"
English name : Royal Acara
Rather peaceful fish to other species. In the breeding season it is rather aggressive.  The best you keep them as a couple.  The tank should be set up with driftwood ,rocks and some flat stones.

It is an easy omnivorous fish.  You can give it a great variety of food.  Dry and frozen food are accepted.

Breeding is not so difficult.  200- 300 eggs are laid on a flat stone.  Two days later they hatch.  Both parents now take the youngsters in their mouth for further breeding.  After 8 days the young fishes are swimming free, but when there is danger they hide in the mouth of the parents for several weeks.  You can feed the young with newly-hatched brine shrimp.
 

Photo Credit

Alf Stalsbergg

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